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How to select all children of an element with javascript and change CSS property?

I am working on a project that has a div with 32 children. I need to create a dropdown menu that will change the background of each div and the parent. For the other parts of the project that don’t have children, I have been using the following code:

function changediv(color) {
document.getElementById('div1').style.background = color;


<option onClick="changediv('#555');">Hex</option>
<option onClick="changediv('blue');">Colorname</option>
<option onClick="changediv('url(');">Image</option>

I could just add a different ID to each child (id1,id2,id3,…), but there are 32 children and not only would I have to add 32 IDs, but also 32 lines of Javascript. There has to be a better way; somehow selecting children or even changing the actual CSS code that selects the children.

Thanks, Ian



While this can be done in one line with JQuery, I am assuming you are not using JQuery – in which case, your code will be:

var nodes = document.getElementById('ID_of_parent').childNodes;
for(var i=0; i<nodes.length; i++) {
    if (nodes[i].nodeName.toLowerCase() == 'div') {
         nodes[i].style.background = color;

See for a quick example I created – Click on “change ’em” to see it in action

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