HTML <option> Tag with the 'selected' Attribute

<select name="Food">
<option value ="apples">Apples</option>
<option value ="bananas">Bananas</option>
<option value ="oranges" selected>Oranges</option>

The above example demonstrates usage of the selected attribute when using the <option> element. In this example, the Oranges option has been selected.

The selected attribute is used to select a given <option> element as the default. This option will be selected upon the inital page load.

Boolean Attribute

The selected attribute is a boolean attribute. If the attribute is present, its value must either be the empty string or a value that is an ASCII case-insensitive match for the attribute's canonical name, with no leading or trailing whitespace (i.e. either selected or selected="selected").

Possible values:

  • [Empty string]
  • selected