Javascript – Getting the text from a drop-down box


This gets the value of whatever is selected in my dropdown menu.


I cannot however find out what property to go after for the text that's currently displayed by the drop down menu. I tried "text" then looked at W3Schools but that didn't have the answer, does anybody here know?

For those not sure, here's the HTML for a drop down box.

<select name="newSkill" id="newSkill">
    <option value="1">A skill</option>
    <option value="2">Another skill</option>
    <option value="3">Yet another skill</option>

Best Solution

Based on your example HTML code, here's one way to get the displayed text of the currently selected option:

var skillsSelect = document.getElementById("newSkill");
var selectedText = skillsSelect.options[skillsSelect.selectedIndex].text;