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Returns a reference to the currently selected HTML element in the RadEditor for ASP.NET AJAX content area.

function getParentElement()

The return value is an HTML element. The method returns the first parent element of the selection. For example, if the cursor is in the middle of a bolded text, the call to the getParentElement will return a reference to the <strong> tag.

You can use also editor.getSelectedElement(); to get a reference to the currently selected HTML element.

This example checks if the currently selected object is an image and adds a border to the element if so.If the selected element is a link, it changes its style:

<telerik:radeditor runat="server" ID="RadEditor1">
           This RadEditor instance contains some <a href="">links</a> and images <img src="" alt="Telerik Logo"/>
   <script type="text/javascript">
    function changeSelectionAttributes() {
        //Get a reference to the client-side RadEditor object:
        var editor = $find("<%=RadEditor1.ClientID%>");
        var theSelectionObject = editor.getSelection();
        //Get a reference the selected element:
        var theSelectedElement = theSelectionObject.getParentElement();
        if (theSelectedElement) {
            if (theSelectedElement.tagName == "A") {
       = "22px";
            else if (theSelectedElement.tagName == "IMG") {
       = "groove 5px aqua";
<input type="button" onclick="javascript:changeSelectionAttributes();" value="Change!"/> 
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