Selecting Part of String inside an Input Box with jQuery

I am trying to figure out how to highlight just some part of text inside an input box using jQuery. It's quite simple to highlight the entire contents of the input box but how do you highlight just one word or couple of letters?




For text <input> elements, the following will do the job. The example selects just the word "two" in the input:

function setInputSelection(input, startPos, endPos) {
    if (typeof input.selectionStart != "undefined") {
        input.selectionStart = startPos;
        input.selectionEnd = endPos;
    } else if (document.selection && document.selection.createRange) {
        // IE branch;
        var range = document.selection.createRange();
        range.moveEnd("character", endPos);
        range.moveStart("character", startPos);;

document.getElementById("setSelection").onmousedown = function() {
    var input = document.getElementById("i");
    setInputSelection(input, 4, 7);
    return false;
<input id="i" type="text" value="One two three">
<input type="button" value="Set selection" id="setSelection">


You will need to select the entire value, and then manipulate the string in code. Depending on what you're trying to do with the words, you might look in to using regular expressions to match certain words/letters.


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