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jQuery plugin for shift + click to select multiple checkboxes

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// Usage: $form.find('input[type="checkbox"]').shiftSelectable();
// replace input[type="checkbox"] with the selector to match your list of checkboxes
$.fn.shiftSelectable = function() {
var lastChecked,
$boxes = this;
$ {
if(!lastChecked) {
lastChecked = this;
if(evt.shiftKey) {
var start = $boxes.index(this),
end = $boxes.index(lastChecked);
$boxes.slice(Math.min(start, end), Math.max(start, end) + 1)
.attr('checked', lastChecked.checked)
lastChecked = this;

Nice! I have wrote a jQuery plugin with that feature and some others: Maybe it would be nice to work on together on it.

Thanks for this cool piece of code. I am using it together with jquery tablesorter. After sorting the table, range selector goes weird. How can I reset it so that I could run shiftSelectable() again after sorting? Thanks again.

Got it, insert this code on line 7:

I then run initialize the code as callback every time I sort the table.

var chkboxes = $('.chkbox'); {
if(!lastChecked) {
lastChecked = this;

        if(e.shiftKey) {
            var start = $chkboxes.index(this);
            var end = $chkboxes.index(lastChecked);

            $chkboxes.slice(Math.min(start,end), Math.max(start,end)+ 1).attr('checked', lastChecked.checked);


        lastChecked = this;

What about this one?

For the latest jQuery versions, you need to use .prop() instead of .attr() in line 18 to make this work properly, see

The difference between attributes and properties can be important in specific situations. Before jQuery 1.6, the .attr() method sometimes took property values into account when retrieving some attributes, which could cause inconsistent behavior. As of jQuery 1.6, the .prop() method provides a way to explicitly retrieve property values, while .attr() retrieves attributes.

I was unable to shift+check the checkboxes again after range select once. After changed to .prop() , it works well now... I use it together with gridview, after sorting, it still can range select very well too.. : ) Thanks for this cool JS codes..

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