Variable with global scope not recognized inside function

The script below works fine. Clicking on the button immediately grays it out.

<html>
<head></head>
<script>
 
function disableButton() {      
   document.getElementById("button1").disabled = true;          
}

</script>

<body>

<input type="button" value="click here" id="button1" onclick = "disableButton()"/>
 
</body>
</html>

But when I create reference to the button with global scope, the script no longer works. Clicking the button no longer disables it. The modified script below does not work.

<html>
<head></head>
<script>
 
myButton = document.getElementById("button1");

function disableButton() {      
  myButton.disabled = true;          
}

</script>

<body>

<input type="button" value="click here" id="button1" onclick = "disableButton()"/>
 
</body>
</html>


Shouldn't myButton be recognized inside the function?
MBaronganAsked:
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Connect With a Mentor Billing EngineerCommented:
this is because the script is run before the body is actually loaded
you have to move the script below the body part, then it shall work
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MBaronganAuthor Commented:
It worked! Thank you. I knew it was something simple I wasn't doing.
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MBaronganAuthor Commented:
I moved to script to an external js file and now it doesn't work again. Is there something I need to put in the external file to make it work?  All I have is this:

var myButton = document.getElementById("button1");

function disableButton() {      
  myButton.disabled = true;  
       
}
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]Billing EngineerCommented:
I presume that again, the script file is referenced in the header part ...

what you may do, in any case, is something like this:

var myButton = null;

function setmyobjects() {
 if ( myButton = null ) {
     myButton document.getElementById("button1");
    }
 }

function disableButton() {     
  setmyobjects(); 
  myButton.disabled = true;  
       
} 

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so, your function setmyobjects sets all the objects you would need, testing however only one (which should be enough)
all your functions that needs such "global" objects first call this function
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MBaronganAuthor Commented:
Got it working now. Thanks again.
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Julian HansenCommented:
You probably want to look at the onload function as well. This is called when the document is ready. By using onload you can place your script anywhere (although at the bottom is usually a good place - but not always feasible)
<html>
<head></head>
<script type="text/javascript">

var myButton; // Declare the variable

// Wait for the DOM to be ready
window.onload = function() {

  // Set your button  
  myButton = document.getElementById("button1");
}

// myButton is now pointing to the <input>
function disableButton() {      

  myButton.disabled = true;          

}
</script>
<body>
<input type="button" value="click here" id="button1" onclick = "disableButton()"/>
</body>
</html>

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