A global event handler for the pointerdown event.


var downHandler = targetElement.onpointerdown;

Return value

The pointerdown event handler for element targetElement.


This example shows two ways to use onpointerdown to set an element's pointerdown event handler.

function downHandler(ev) {
 // Process the pointerdown event
function init() {
 var el=document.getElementById("target1");
 el.onpointerdown = downHandler;
<body onload="init();">
<div id="target1"> Touch me ... </div>
<div id="target2" onpointerdown="downHandler(event)"> Touch me ... </div>


Specification Status Comment
Pointer Events – Level 2
The definition of 'onpointerdown' in that specification.
Working Draft Non-stable version
Pointer Events
The definition of 'onpointerdown' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 55.0 (Yes) (Yes) 10 42 No support
Feature Android Android Webview Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Firefox OS IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile Chrome for Android
Basic support No support 55.0 (Yes) No support No support 10 42 No support 55.0

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