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Focus an input onClick tsx type inconclusive?

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Greenish ElaeniaOP
https://react.dev/learn/manipulating-the-dom-with-refs#example-focusing-a-text-input This does exactly what I want to do but the code is jsx. What is the type of inputRef? If I do exactly as the provuded code does and say useRef(null), then later TS says there is no ".current" for null.

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Greenish ElaeniaOP
Tried React.Ref but still shows ts error - "doesn't have .current"
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Munchkin
maybe show your code?
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joulev & fuma pray for Schneider
const inputRef = useRef<HTMLInputElement | null>(null);


you will also see some materials with this simpler type
const inputRef = useRef<HTMLInputElement>(null);

which works too (most of the time), but this latter way won't work when you need to do something like
ref={el => {
  inputRef.current = el;
}}
but if you just use ref={inputRef} directly, then both HTMLInputElement | null and HTMLInputElement work
basically the ref here is just an html element, so you give it the type of an html element. HTMLDivElement, HTMLInputElement, etc.