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HTML - select checkbox on click on related text

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In this article, we would like to show you how to select a checkbox on click on the related text in HTML.

Quick solution:

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<input type="checkbox" id="one" name="one" checked />
<label for="one">Option 1</label>

<!-- or just: -->

<label>
  <input type="checkbox" name="two" />
  <span>Option 2</span>
</label>

 

Practical examples

1. Using input and label elements with id-for relation

In this example, we use input and label elements with id-for relation to enable checkbox selection on the related text click (label text).

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
<body>
  <input type="checkbox" id="one" name="one" checked />
  <label for="one">Option 1</label>
  <br />
  <input type="checkbox" id="two" name="one" />
  <label for="two">Option 2</label>
</body>
</html>

Note:

If the text inside the label element wasn't bound by an id - for relation, then the text could not be clicked.

2. Wrapping input with label element

In this example, we present how to enable checkbox selection when you click the related text from label by wrapping the input element with label. This solution doesn't need the id and for attributes to specify the relation.

// ONLINE-RUNNER:browser;

<!doctype html>
<html>
<body>
  <label>
    <input type="checkbox" name="two" />
    <span>Option 1</span>
  </label>
  <br />
  <label>
    <input type="checkbox" name="two" />
    <span>Option 2</span>
  </label>
</body>
</html>

Note:

If you put the text (e.g <span>Option 1</span>) outside the label element, you won't be able to click the related text anymore.

References

  1. <input type="checkbox"> - HTML | MDN
  2. <label> - HTML | MDN
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