jQuery - offset( ) Method



The offset( ) method gets the current offset of the first matched element, in pixels, relative to the document.

The returned object contains two Float properties, top and left. Browsers usually round these values to the nearest integer pixel for actual positioning. The method works only with visible elements.


Here is the simple syntax to use this method −

selector.offset( )


Here is the description of all the parameters used by this method −

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Following is a simple example a simple showing the usage of this method −


      <title>The jQuery Example</title>
      <script type = "text/javascript" 
         src = "http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/2.1.3/jquery.min.js"></script>
      <script type = "text/javascript" language = "javascript">
         $(document).ready(function() {
            $("div").click(function () {
               var offset = $(this).offset();
               $("#lresult").html("left offset: <span>" + offset.left + "</span>.");
               $("#tresult").html("top offset: <span>" + offset.top + "</span>.");
         div { width:60px; height:60px; margin:5px; float:left; }
      <p>Click on any square:</p>
      <span id = "lresult"> </span>
      <span id = "tresult"> </span>
      <div style = "background-color:blue;"></div>
      <div style = "background-color:pink;"></div>
      <div style = "background-color:#123456;"></div>
      <div style = "background-color:#f11;"></div>

This will produce following result: