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Gets the event target that is currently being processed.

Property of dom/Eventdom/Event


Note: This property is read-only.

var currentTargetElement = event.currentTarget;

Return Value

Returns an object of type DOM NodeDOM Node

The current target of the event.


 Use this property to get the element for which the current event handler is being processed, during the capturing and bubbling phases.


The target property returns the element that originally received an event. At event phase AT_TARGET, the currentTarget and target objects are the same object.

Related specifications

DOM Level 3 Events
Working Draft

See also

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