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Get the mouse co-ordinates with jQuery

jQuery’s mousemove function can be used to track the mouse x and y co-ordinates either for an entire document or just when mousing over a particular element.


The example used below shows the mouse co-ordinates as you move the mouse over the grey block labelled "MOUSE CAPTURE AREA". When you mouse outside the block, the co-ordinates are no longer updated.

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The jQuery Code

The code to make the above work looks like so:

    $('#mouse-xy').html("X: " + e.pageX + " Y: " + e.pageY); 

#mouse-capture is the grey div above, and #mouse-xy is the div which has the co-ordinates.

To update the mouse co-ordinates where-ever it is in the page, do this instead:

    $('#mouse-xy').html("X: " + e.pageX + " Y: " + e.pageY); 

Finding out the mouse location on click

My next jQuery post shows how to get the mouse co-ordinates when an element is clicked and this is then followed up showing how to get the position within the element rather than relative to the page as a whole.