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Submit a Form with the Enter Key

Post by jhersh  (2010-08-04)

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Level: novice


You've created a form in Visualforce. When pushing enter while using the form, the page refreshes instead of submitting your form. It's an easy fix with a small bit of JavaScript, which does wonders for your app's user experience.


In your Visualforce page, define this JavaScript function. It intercepts key presses on your form elements.

<script type='text/javascript'>
	function noenter(ev)  {
	   	if (window.event && window.event.keyCode == 13 || ev.which == 13) {
	       	return false;
	     } else {
	          return true;

Also, define this ActionFunction and tie it to your submit method in your controller.

<apex:actionFunction name='doSearchAF' action='{!doSearch}' />

Lastly, this 'onkeypress' event should be added to every textual form element that should intercept a press of the enter key.

<apex:inputtext value='{!settings.searchStr}' id='searchStr' styleclass='searchStr' onkeypress='return noenter(event);' />


Make sure the ActionFunction name matches up with the JavaScript function you're calling from noEnter(). When someone hits Enter, the noEnter() JavaScript function will get called, which in turn will call the doSearchAF ActionFunction, which invokes your forms submit action, in this case doSearch().


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This worked beautifully.

voted as verified by davidwright06112010  (2014-01-22)

Is there a way to tweek this, so it will make the Enter key work as the Tab key?

by a093000000VF9rg  (2012-10-23)

The script works fine for me for inputText fields, i also have a radio button, if i select the radio button and enter it's not working any ideas on how to acomplish this one, 

<apex:pageblocksectionItem >
                    <apex:outputLabel value="Job Type" for="jt"/>
                    <apex:outputPanel id="jt">
                         <apex:selectRadio value="{!SelectJobType}" onclick="return noenter(event);">
                             <apex:selectOptions value="{!jobType}"/>

by Anupama Annamaneni  (2012-09-06)

Working with Chrome v19

voted as verified by Sean Harrison  (2012-05-25)

Verified - works with IE 6 and Firefox 3.6

voted as verified by shiv.rajaraman02202010  (2011-02-01)

The if statement i have that says

if($('.cWatchInput').val().length >= 3){

just checks to make sure the input field has more than 3 char and then forces a click on the button, but you can also just return true.

by Randi Warner  (2010-10-26)

That code isnt supported cross browser,  and there is a safty net you can use to make sure the defualt is prevented, you can do the following in jQuery

function noenter(e)  {
code = e.keyCode ? e.keyCode : e.which;
                if (code.toString() == 13){
                    if($('.cWatchInput').val().length >= 3){

by Randi Warner  (2010-10-26)

There's another way that I can't take credit for thinking up that's remarkably similar, it seems to work in some situations where the above doesn't, such as text fields in forms that should have an action different than the default form submission (e.g. a search box):

<apex:inputText (your args) onkeydown="if(event.keyCode==13){this.blur();actionFunction();}" />

by Bluehawk_Networks  (2010-09-16)


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