Adding Items to a List

After a list is created, we’re able to add things to it.

When we add things to the end of an existing list, we say that we’re appending them to the end. Imagine we’re trying out different endings for our comic strip. We can try adding different frames to our current narrative and see which one we like the best.

myList = ['apple', 'banana', 'pear'] myList.append('orange') // now, myList == ['apple', 'banana', 'pear', 'orange']

In addition to adding things to the end of a list, we can also insert items in the existing list. We do so by using the index number for where we want to position our new value.

myList = ['apple', 'banana', 'pear'] myList.splice(1, 0, 'mango') // make 'mango' the second item in the list // now, myList = ['apple', 'mango', 'banana', 'pear']

In this line of code, we inserted the string 'mango' at the index 1 position. But it’s important to be careful - adding something in the middle of a pre-existing list, or adding it to the beginning of a list, will alter the indices for all the following items. Notice that ‘banana’ was in the second position and is now in the third.

In JavaScript, we can edit lists with commands like .splice and .pop. You don’t need to memorize these commands – the important part is that you understand the ways in which lists can be edited!


You’re finishing up a comic strip, but having a hard time figuring out how it should end! You’re stuck between three different options.

Try adding each option to the end of the comic strip and see which one you like the best!

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