How do I move focus to next input with jQuery?

I am using the autocomplete plugin with jQuery and it is working fine. However, in IE, when the user selects an item in the autocomplete, the focus does not then move to the next input field. Naturally it works in Firefox. The plugin doesn't have a built-in solution but does provide for "options". Is there a way I can force it to move to the next input field?


You can do something like this:

$("input").change(function() {
  var inputs = $(this).closest('form').find(':input');
  inputs.eq( inputs.index(this)+ 1 ).focus();

The other answers posted here may not work for you since they depend on the next input being the very next sibling element, which often isn't the case. This approach goes up to the form and searches for the next input type element.

JQuery UI already has this, in my example below I included a maxchar attribute to focus on the next focus-able element (input, select, textarea, button and object) if i typed in the max number of characters


text 1 <input type="text" value="" id="txt1" maxchar="5" /><br />
text 2 <input type="text" value="" id="txt2" maxchar="5" /><br />
checkbox 1 <input type="checkbox" value="" id="chk1" /><br />
checkbox 2 <input type="checkbox" value="" id="chk2" /><br />
dropdown 1 <select id="dd1" >
    <option value="1">1</option>
    <option value="1">2</option>
</select><br />
dropdown 2 <select id="dd2">
    <option value="1">1</option>
    <option value="1">2</option>


$(function() {
    var focusables = $(":focusable");   
    focusables.keyup(function(e) {
        var maxchar = false;
        if ($(this).attr("maxchar")) {
            if ($(this).val().length >= $(this).attr("maxchar"))
                maxchar = true;
        if (e.keyCode == 13 || maxchar) {
            var current = focusables.index(this),
                next = focusables.eq(current+1).length ? focusables.eq(current+1) : focusables.eq(0);

What Sam meant was :


Try using something like:

            var inputs = $(this).closest('form').find(':focusable');
            inputs.eq(inputs.index(this) + 1).focus();

why not simply just give the input field where you want to jump to a id and do a simple focus


Could you post some of your HTML as an example?

In the mean-time, try this:


That's untested, so it'll probably need some tweaking.

I just wrote a jQuery plugin that does what you are looking for (annoyed that that I couldn't find andy solution myself (tabStop ->

  function nextFormInput() {
      var focused = $(':focus');
      var inputs = $(focused).closest('form').find(':input');
      inputs.eq(inputs.index(focused) + 1).focus();

Use eq to get to specific element.

Documentation about index

$("input").keyup(function () {
   var index = $(this).index("input");		 	
   $("input:eq(" + (index +1) + ")").focus(); 
<script src=""></script>

<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />
<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />

<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />

<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />
<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />
<input type="text" maxlength="1"  />

if you are using event.preventDefault() in your script then comment it out because IE doesn't likes it.

The easiest way is to remove it from the tab index all together:

$('#control').find('input[readonly]').each(function () {
    $(this).attr('tabindex', '-1');

I already use this on a couple of forms.

Here is what worked in my case. Might be less performance intensive.


var inputs = $('input, select, textarea').keypress(function (e) {
  if (e.which == 13) {
    var nextInput = inputs.get(inputs.index(this) + 1);
    if (nextInput) {

you cat use it

$(document).on("keypress","input,select",function (e) {
    if (e.keyCode==13) {
        $(':input:eq(' + ($(':input').index(this) + 1) +')').focus();


This may work if your next field is another select.

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