<INPUT TYPE=TEXT NAME="Gw" MAXLENGTH="225" size="42" autofocus="autofocus">

If I try this with Google Chrome it works. I just want to highlight a form without <script>.

Why doesn't it work?

  • What version of Firefox are you using?
    – John Conde
    Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 13:26
  • Which Version are you using of Firefox ? In Past firefox did not support autofocus but it is fine and working at my side.... I am using firefox 4.
    – user17031
    Commented Jul 16, 2012 at 23:04

3 Answers 3


It's wise to use autofocus with a JavaScript fallback for browsers that don't support it. From Mark Pilgrim's Dive into HTML5 Forms:

What’s that? You say you want your autofocus fields to work in all browsers, not just these fancy-pants HTML5 browsers? You can keep your current autofocus script. Just make two small changes:

  1. Add the autofocus attribute to your HTML markup
  2. Detect whether the browser supports the autofocus attribute, and only run your own autofocus script if the browser doesn’t support autofocus natively.
<form name="f">
  <input id="q" type="text" name="Gw" maxlength="225" size="42" autofocus>
    if (!("autofocus" in document.createElement("input"))) {
  <input type="submit" value="Go">

Live demo here.

  • It's a bad thing I could accept two answers, yours would be the 2 :( :) Thank you! Commented Jun 9, 2011 at 15:03

It should work in Firefox 4. But if you're using an older version of Firefox it won't work as the autofocus attribute is new to HTML5 which only gained broad support in Firefox 4..


I try for new some code. Actually, i use Firefox 34.xx version, but can't still use autofocus. I Try code above, but didn't work for me, then i try to make own code. i use jquery library. if you didn' work too, try this code: HTML

<input type="text" name="searchMenu" placeholder="blaa.. blaaa..." id="searchMenu" autofocus focus>

$(document).ready(function(e) {

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