jQuery CSS Universal Selector

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The universal selector selects all the elements available in the document.


Here is the simple syntax to use this selector:




Here is the description of all the parameters used by this selector:

  • *: A symbolic star.


Like any other jQuery selector, this selector also returns an array filled with the found elements.


  • $('*') selects all the elements available in the document.

Following example would select all the elements available and would display them one by one:


<title>The Selecter Example</title>
<script type="text/javascript" src="../../js/jquery-2.2.0.js">
<script type="text/javascript" language="javascript">
  $(document).ready(function() {
      var elements = $("*");
      for( i=0; i<elements.length; i++ ){
         alert("Found element: " + elements[i].innerHTML);
<div class="big" id="divid1">
  <p class="para1" id="pid1">This is first paragraph.</p>
  <p class="para2" id="pid2">This is second paragraph.</p>
  <p class="para3" id="pid3">This is third paragraph.</p>
<br />
<div class="big" id="divid2">
  <p>This is second division of the DOM.</p>
  <p>This is second para inside second division.</p>
<br />
<div class="medium" id="divid3">
  <p>A para inside third division</p>
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