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How to Check If the Mouse is Over an Element in jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the CSS :hover Pseudo-class

You can simply use the CSS :hover pseudo-class selector in combination with the jQuery mousemove() to check whether the mouse is over an element or not in jQuery.

The jQuery code in the following example will display a hint message on the web page when you place or remove the mouse pointer over the DIV element's box.

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>jQuery Check If the Mouse is Over an Element</title>
<style>
    div{
        margin: 80px;
        height: 200px;        
        background: orange;
    }  
</style>
<script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-3.5.1.min.js"></script>
<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
    $(document).mousemove(function(){
         if($("#myDiv:hover").length != 0){
            $(".hint").text("Mouse is Over the DIV Element.");
        } else{
            $(".hint").text("Mouse is Outside the DIV Element.");
        }
    });
});
</script>
</head>
<body>
    <div id="myDiv"></div>
    <p class="hint"><!-- Hint text will be displayed here --></p>
</body>
</html>

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