HTML DOM Textarea autofocus Property

The HTML DOM Textarea autofocus property returns and modify whether the text area should automatically get focused or not when the page loads.


Following is the syntax −

1. Returning autofocus


2. Modifying autofocus

object.autofocus = true | false

Let us see an example of HTML DOM Textarea autofocus Property:


<!DOCTYPE html>
   body {
      color: #000;
      height: 100vh;
   .btn {
      background: #db133a;
      border: none;
      height: 2rem;
      border-radius: 2px;
      width: 40%;
      display: block;
      color: #fff;
      outline: none;
      cursor: pointer;
<h1>DOM Textarea autofocus Property Demo</h1>
<textarea autofocus>Hi! I'm a text area element with some dummy text.</textarea>
<button onclick="set()" class="btn">Disable Autofocus</button>
   function set() {
      document.querySelector("textarea").autofocus = false;


Click on “Disable Autofocus” button to disable autofocus on the textarea element. Now, the cursor won’t be visible: