Vertical offset of element

JavaScript, Browser · Jan 5, 2021

Finds the distance from a given element to the top of the document.

  • Use a while loop and HTMLElement.offsetParent to move up the offset parents of the given element.
  • Add HTMLElement.offsetTop for each element and return the result.
const getVerticalOffset = el => {
  let offset = el.offsetTop,
    _el = el;
  while (_el.offsetParent) {
    _el = _el.offsetParent;
    offset += _el.offsetTop;
  return offset;
getVerticalOffset('.my-element'); // 120

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