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How to Get the Children of the $(this) Selector in jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the jQuery find() Method

You can use the find() method to get the children of the $(this) selector using jQuery.

The jQuery code in the following example will select the child <img> element and apply some CSS style on it on click of the parent <div> element.

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="UTF-8">
  • <title>jQuery Select the Child Element Inside a DIV On Click</title>
  • <style>
  •     .box{
  •         padding: 80px;
  •         border: 10px solid #999;
  •         text-align: center;
  •     }  
  •     .box img{
  •         width: 400px;
  •         border: 6px solid #999;
  •     }
  • </style>
  • <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
  • <script>
  • $(document).ready(function(){
  •     $(".box").click(function(){
  •         $(this).find("img").css("border-color", "blue");
  •     });
  • });
  • </script>
  • </head>
  • <body>
  •     <div class="box">
  •         <img src="images/sky.jpg" alt="Cloudy Sky">
  •     </div>
  • </body>
  • </html>

If you want to get only direct descendants of the target element, you can also use the children() method. The children() method only travels a single level down the DOM tree whereas the find() can traverse down multiple levels to select descendant elements (grandchildren, etc.).


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