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How to get selected option from three different dropdown option elements?

I'm trying to make a generator and if the user selects certain options on the three different dropdown menus it will show a hidden div. I was testing it with an alert first and no matter what options are picked it still throws up the alert. Below is my code (apologies if it is not great i'm still very new to coding)

window.onload = function(){ 

let generate = document.getElementById("mybutton").onclick = function(){
  var select = document.getElementById('opt1');
  var select2 = document.getElementById('opt2');
  var select3 = document.getElementById('opt3');

  var selectTest = select.selected;
  var selectTest2 = select2.selected;
  var selectTest3 = select3.selected;

  var show = document.getElementById('hidden');

  if (selectTest === "Grass1"); {
    if (selectTest2 === "Grass2"); {
      if (selectTest3 === "Empty3"); {


2 Answers

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,980 Points

These conditionals are all nested instead of being peers. Use "else" to make sure only one conditional (or the final alert) gets used. Also note that the variables are all assigned to Boolean element attributes, so they should be tested directly instead of comparing them to strings:

  if (selectTest) {
    // handle first choice
  else if (selectTest2) {
    // handle second choice
  else if (selectTest3) {
    // handle third choice
  else {

And there should not be a semicolon between an "if" conditional and the brace beginning the code block.

I've changed it and it's still showing the alert even though i only want it to show the alert when certain options on the dropdown lists have been selected

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,980 Points

Can you be more explicit about the intended function? I thought you wanted the alert to show only when none of the options had been selected.

Also, if you program this function to run "onload", then it will run before the user has a chance to make any selection. You will probably want to change the event so it only runs when a selection has been made.

I have three dropdown menus that have ten options each, I want to output a hidden div if certain options have been picked by the user. I was testing it with an alert first.

Thanks for your replies, much appreciated.

Steven Parker
Steven Parker
229,980 Points

As I said, I misunderstood the objective and the first suggestion would show the alert only if none of the selections were made. If you want to act when all the choices are made instead, and reveal the hidden div instead of an alert, you might do this:

  if (primeTypeValue === "1" && subTypeValue === "11" && teraTypeValue === "32") {
    hidden.style.display = "";
  // the code below this line is optional in case you want to hide it again
  // when other choices are made
  else {
    hidden.style.display = "none";

Your original idea of nesting the tests would also have worked if you had placed the alert inside the deepest level. Combining the tests with the logic operators is a bit more efficient and possibly more clear on reading.

Hi, here is my whole project, I did some googling to try and get answers but I'm still no close to figuring out what is wrong. when certain options are selected I want it to show a hidden div, for example, if Grass, Grass and N/A are selected from all three different dropdown menus I want it to show the div. I have been testing it with an alert to see if it works hence why there is an alert.

any help is much appreciated, thanks

    <div class="main-wrapper">
            <nav class="nav-bar">
                    <li class="current"><a href="index.html">Home</a></li>
                    <li><a href="about.html">About</a></li>
                    <li><a href="links.html">Links</a></li>
            <div class="inner-wrapper">
                <h1 class="title">Type Matchup</h1>
                <div class="types">
                    <div class="type-1">
                        <h3>Primary Type</h3>
                        <select id="opt1" name="primarytype"   id="primary-type">
                          <option id="Grass1" value="1">Grass</option>
                          <option class="test" value="2" >Fire</option>
                          <option class="test" value="3">Water</option>
                          <option class="test" value="4">Electric</option>
                          <option class="test" value="5">Psychic</option>
                          <option class="test" value="6">Fighting</option>
                          <option class="test" value="7">Dark</option>
                          <option class="test" value="8">Steel</option>
                          <option class="test" value="9">Fairy</option>
                          <option class="test" value="10">Dragon</option>
                    <div class="type-2">
                        <h3>Secondary Type</h3>
                        <select id="opt2"  name="Primary-Type"   id="secondary-type">
                          <option id="Grass2" value="11">Grass</option>
                          <option class="test" value="12">Fire</option>
                          <option class="test" value="13">Water</option>
                          <option class="test" value="14">Electric</option>
                          <option class="test" value="15">Psychic</option>
                          <option class="test" value="16">Fighting</option>
                          <option class="test" value="17">Dark</option>
                          <option class="test" value="18">Steel</option>
                          <option class="test" value="19">Fairy</option>
                          <option class="test" value="20">Dragon</option>
                          <option class="test" value="21">N/A</option>
                     <div class="type-3">
                        <h3>Tera Type</h3>
                        <select id="opt3"  name="Primary Type"  id="tera-type">
                          <option class="test" value="22">Grass</option>
                          <option class="test" value="23">Fire</option>
                          <option class="test" value="24">Water</option>
                          <option class="test" value="25">Electric</option>
                          <option class="test" value="26">Psychic</option>
                          <option class="test" value="27">Fighting</option>
                          <option class="test" value="28">Dark</option>
                          <option class="test" value="29">Steel</option>
                          <option class="test" value="30">Fairy</option>
                          <option class="test" value="31">Dragon</option>
                          <option class="test" value="32">N/A</option>
        <button id="mybutton" onclick="validate()">Gen</button>
        <div id="hidden" style="display: none;">Water</div>
function validate(){

  var primeType = document.getElementById('opt1');
  var primeTypeValue = primeType.options[primeType.selectedIndex].value;
  var subType = document.getElementById('opt2');
  var subTypeValue = subType.options[subType.selectedIndex].value;
  var teraType = document.getElementById('opt3');
  var teraTypeValue = teraType.options[teraType.selectedIndex].value;

  if (primeTypeValue === '1') {

  else if (subTypeValue === '11') {

  else if (teraTypeValue === '32') {