The Document.queryCommandEnabled() method reports whether or not the specified editor command is enabled by the browser.


isEnabled = document.queryCommandEnabled(command);


The command for which to determine support.

Return value

Returns a Boolean which is true if the command is enabled and false if the command isn't.


  • For 'cut' and 'copy' commands the method only returns true when called from a user-initiated thread.
  • The 'paste' command return false not only if the feature is unavailable, but also if the script calling it has insufficient privileges to perform the action.


var flg = document.queryCommandEnabled("SelectAll");

if(flg) {
  document.execCommand("SelectAll", false, null); // command is enabled, run it


Specification Status Comment
HTML Editing APIs
The definition of 'querycommandenabled' in that specification.
Editor's Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 17 9.0 (9.0)[1] 4.0 ? ?
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? 9.0 (9.0)[1] ? ? ?

[1] Before Firefox 41, queryCommandEnabled() with arguments cut, copy or paste would throw errors unless the script had special privileges.

See also

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