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How to scroll to an element in jQuery?

Posted by: admin November 20, 2017 Leave a comment


I have done the following code in JavaScript to put focus on the particular element (branch1 is a element),


But as I am also using jQuery in my web app, so I want to do the above code in jQuery. I have tried but don’t know why its not working,


The above jquery (focus()) code is not working for div, whereas If i am trying the same code with textbox, then its working,

Please tell me, how can I put focus on a div elemnt using jQuery?



Check jQuery.ScrollTo, I think that’s the behavior that you want, check the demo.


For my problem this code worked, I had to navigate to an anchor tag on page load :


For that matter you can use this on any element, not just an anchor tag.


Like @user293153 I only just discovered this question and it didn’t seem to be answered correctly.

His answer was best. But you can also animate to the element as well.

$('html, body').animate({ scrollTop: $("#some_element").offset().top }, 500);


You can extend jQuery functionalities like this:

scrollToMe: function () {
    var x = jQuery(this).offset().top - 100;
    jQuery('html,body').animate({scrollTop: x}, 500);

and then:


easy 😉


Check out jquery-scrollintoview.

ScrollTo is fine, but oftentimes you just want to make sure a UI element is visible, not necessarily at the top. ScrollTo doesn’t help you with this. From scrollintoview’s README:

How does this plugin solve the user experience issue

This plugin scrolls a particular element into view similar to browser
built-in functionality (DOM’s scrollIntoView() function), but works
differently (and arguably more user friendly):

  • it only scrolls to element when element is actually out of view; if element is in view (anywhere in visible document area), no scrolling
    will be performed;
  • it scrolls using animation effects; when scrolling is performed users know exactly they’re not redirected anywhere, but actually see
    that they’re simply moved somewhere else within the same page (as well
    as in which direction they moved);
  • there’s always the smallest amount of scrolling being applied; when element is above the visible document area it will be scrolled to the
    top of visible area; when element is below the visible are it will be
    scrolled to the bottom of visible area; this is the most consistent
    way of scrolling – when scrolling would always be to top it sometimes
    couldn’t scroll an element to top when it was close to the bottom of
    scrollable container (thus scrolling would be unpredictable);
  • when element’s size exceeds the size of visible document area its top-left corner is the one that will be scrolled to;

I think you might be looking for an “anchor” given the example you have.

<a href="#jump">This link will jump to the anchor named jump</a>
<a name="jump">This is where the link will jump to</a>

The focus jQuery method does something different from what you’re trying to achieve.




It’ll scroll the window to the item.

 var scrollPos =  $("#branch1").offset().top;


For the focus() function to work on the element the div needs to have a tabindex attribute. This is probably not done by default on this type of element as it is not an input field. You can add a tabindex for example at -1 to prevent users who use tab to focus on it. If you use a positive tabindex users will be able to use tab to focus on the div element.

Here an example: http://jsfiddle.net/klodder/gFPQL/

However tabindex is not supported in Safari.