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How to get the position of an element relative to the document using jQuery

Topic: JavaScript / jQueryPrev|Next

Answer: Use the jQuery offset() method

Using the jQuery offset() method you can easily find the position of an element relative to the document. It is only applicable for the visible elements. That means, you can get the position of elements with visibility: hidden; but not with display: none;.

Let's take a look at the following example to understand how it actually works:

  • <!DOCTYPE html>
  • <html lang="en">
  • <head>
  • <meta charset="utf-8">
  • <title>jQuery Find Element's Position Relative to the Document</title>
  • <style>
  •     #box{
  •         width:150px;
  •         height:100px;
  •         background: orange;
  •         margin: 150px 100px;
  •     }
  • </style>
  • <script src="https://code.jquery.com/jquery-1.12.4.min.js"></script>
  • <script>
  •     $(document).ready(function() {
  •         $("button").click(function(){
  •             var offset = $("#box").offset();
  •             alert("Current position of the box is: (left: " + offset.left + ", top: " + offset.top + ")");
  •         });
  •     });
  • </script>
  • </head>
  • <body>
  •     <button type="button">Get Box Position</button>
  •     <p><strong>Note:</strong> Play with the value of margin property to see how the jQuery offest() method works.</p>
  •     <div id="box"></div>
  • </body>
  • </html>

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