Capturing ctrl+z key combination in javascript-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I am trying to capture ctrl+z key combination in javascript with this code:

    <title>Untitled Document</title>

    <script type='text/javascript'>
        function KeyPress(e) {
            var evtobj = window.event? event : e

            //test1 if (evtobj.ctrlKey) alert("Ctrl");
            //test2 if (evtobj.keyCode == 122) alert("z");
            //test 1 & 2
            if (evtobj.keyCode == 122 && evtobj.ctrlKey) alert("Ctrl+z");

        document.onkeypress = KeyPress;


Commented line “test1” generates the alert if I hold down the ctrl key and press any other key.

Commented line “test2” generates the alert if I press the z key.

Put them together as per the line after “test 1 & 2”, and holding down the ctrl key then pressing the z key does not generate the alert as expected.

What is wrong with the code?

How to solve:
  1. Use onkeydown (or onkeyup), not onkeypress
  2. Use keyCode 90, not 122

Online demo:

To clarify, keycodes are not the same as character codes.

Character codes are for text (they differ depending on the encoding, but in a lot of cases 0-127 remain ASCII codes). Key codes map to keys on a keyboard. For example, in unicode character 0x22909 means 好. There aren’t many keyboards (if any) who actually have a key for this.

The OS takes care of transforming keystrokes to character codes using the input methods that the user configured. The results are sent to the keypress event. (Whereas keydown and keyup respond to the user pressing buttons, not typing text.)


Ctrl+t is also possible…just use the keycode as 84 like

if (evtobj.ctrlKey && evtobj.keyCode == 84) 


For future folks who stumble upon this question, here’s a better method to get the job done:

document.addEventListener('keydown', function(event) {
  if (event.ctrlKey && event.key === 'z') {

Using event.key greatly simplifies the code, removing hardcoded constants. It has support for IE 9+.

Additionally, using document.addEventListener means you won’t clobber other listeners to the same event.

Finally, there is no reason to use window.event. It’s actively discouraged and can result in fragile code.


  if( e.which === 89 && e.ctrlKey ){
     alert('control + y'); 
  else if( e.which === 90 && e.ctrlKey ){
     alert('control + z'); 



90 is the Z key and this will do the necessary capture…

function KeyPress(e){
     // Ensure event is not null
     e = e || window.event;

     if ((e.which == 90 || e.keyCode == 90) && e.ctrlKey) {
         // Ctrl + Z
         // Do Something

Depending on your requirements you may wish to add a e.preventDefault(); within your if statement to exclusively perform your custom functionality.


This Plugin Made by me may be helpful.


You can use this plugin you have to supply the key Codes and function to be run like this

simulatorControl([17,90], function(){console.log('You have pressed Ctrl+Z');});

In the code I have displayed how to perform for Ctrl+Z. You will get Detailed Documentation On the link. Plugin is in JavaScript Code section Of my Pen on Codepen.


Use this code for CTRL+Z. keycode for Z in keypress is 122 and the CTRL+Z is 26. check this keycode in your console area

 $(document).on("keypress", function(e) {
          //your code here

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