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jQuery .text() method

The jQuery text() method is used set or get text content of selected elements. Use the text() method when you want the add simple text values (numbers, strings etc.). However, if you try to add HTML codes to the text() method, it will treat the markup as string values.

Syntax of .text() Method

To return content:

$(selector).text()

To set text content:

$(selector).text(content)

To set text content using a function:

$(selector).text(function (index, content)

Set and Get content of an element using text()

In this example, I am using the "text()" method to return the text content (only) of an element and at the same time setting or assigning the text content to another element.

➡️ html() method

Let us assume, I have a P element and I want the script to return the elements text content only. Look inside the P element and you will see that some part of the content is within the <strong> tag. The HTML code will be ignored by text() method.

<body>
  <script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.2.4/jquery.min.js"></script>

 <div>
    <p id='intro'>Hello, I am <strong>Arun Banik</strong></p>
    <input type='button' id='bt' value='Click it'>

    <span id='sp1'></span>
  </div>   
</body>

<script>
 $(document).ready(function () {
    $('#bt').click(function () {
      $('#sp1').text($('#intro').text()); // get and set text content only.
    });
  });
</script>
Try it

To get and set text content along with html code, simply change "text()" to "html()". For example,

$('#sp1').html($('#intro').html());

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