How to change the Content of a <textarea> with Javascript

How would I change the content of a <textarea> element with JavaScript?

I want to make it empty.

Answers:

Answer

If you can use jQuery, and I highly recommend you do, you would simply do

$('#myTextArea').val('');

Otherwise, it is browser dependent. Assuming you have

var myTextArea = document.getElementById('myTextArea');

In most browsers you do

myTextArea.innerHTML = '';

But in Firefox, you do

myTextArea.innerText = '';

Figuring out what browser the user is using is left as an exercise for the reader. Unless you use jQuery, of course ;)

Edit: I take that back. Looks like support for .innerHTML on textarea's has improved. I tested in Chrome, Firefox and Internet Explorer, all of them cleared the textarea correctly.

Edit 2: And I just checked, if you use .val('') in jQuery, it just sets the .value property for textarea's. So .value should be fine.

Answer

Although many correct answers have already been given, the classical (read non-DOM) approach would be like this:

document.forms['yourform']['yourtextarea'].value = 'yourvalue';

where in the HTML your textarea is nested somewhere in a form like this:

<form name="yourform">
    <textarea name="yourtextarea" rows="10" cols="60"></textarea>
</form>

And as it happens, that would work with Netscape Navigator 4 and Internet Explorer 3 too. And, not unimportant, Internet Explorer on mobile devices.

Answer

If its Jquery ..

$("#myText").val(''); 

or

document.getElementById('myText').value = '';

http://www.hscripts.com/tutorials/javascript/dom/textarea-events.php

Answer

put the textarea to a form, naming them, and just use the dom objects easily, like this:

<body onload="form1.box.value = 'Welcome!'">
  <form name="form1">
    <textarea name="box"></textarea>
  </form>
</body>
Answer

Like this:

document.getElementById('myTextarea').value = '';

or like this in jQuery:

$('#myTextarea').val('');

Where you have

<textarea id="myTextarea" name="something">This text gets removed</textarea>

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