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Simple jQuery Show/Hide Div

Simple jQuery Show/Hide Div

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Posted on June 2, 2009

Here’s a simple tutorial on how to show/ hide a div using jQuery. First we include the Google jQuery library, the next steps simple. We now setup a click event listener which is triggered when a users click the and object that has the class ‘show_hide’ which then toggles the div element with the class ‘slidingDiv’. In the HTML below we’ve setup a simple link with the class ‘show_hide’ and the content div in which we’ll show and hide which has the class ‘slidingDiv’. You’ll also notice in the first two lines of JavaScript we’re hiding the div content and showing the href this is so if the user doesn’t have JavaScript enabled they see the content box open but no option to hide it.

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The JavaScript

<script src="" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">







<a href="#" class="show_hide">Show/hide</a>
<div class="slidingDiv">
Fill this space with really interesting content. <a href="#" class="show_hide">hide</a></div>


.slidingDiv {
	background-color: #99CCFF;
	border-bottom:5px solid #3399FF;

.show_hide {

Although this code technique is simple its often required in projects.

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  1. Kim says:

    I am using this on our website (the green button) but when I load the page it show’s the page quickly and then it vanish until the button is clicked.

    How can avoid this issue (it’s worse if you have slow internet, like on a mobile internet)

  2. koldtoft says:

    Nevermind. I solved that problem myself. It was just my DIV tags that was poorly made.

    Now I need a way to hide another div and show one when clicking

  3. koldtoft says:

    Sorry ignore my first message….

    I am tryign to use this on our website but have a problem.

    The problem is that I can’t make the DIV that i place this div inside, expand along with it. So if I place it like this

    I am trying to insert code here..

    <div style="min-height:100px;"> <!-- This div does not expand it's height when the other div expands inside it -->
    	<div class="slidingDiv"> <!-- THIS DIV is 300px high -->
    	My content <a href="#" class="show_hide">hide</a>

    I hope someone can help me withn this. I have also tried to z-index the div above other content as a half-ass sollution to what I need, but that also did not work.

  4. Poptropica says:

    There something wrong as I implement the code. it appears but in couple of seconds 2-3 it goes back or hide again. What went wrong? Im not really good in coding, hope you can help. I’ll bookmark your site just in case i can’t see an email reply.

  5. Akin says:

    Thanks alot……….God bless you

  6. Rich says:

    Awesome!! thank you

  7. aisha says:

    lovely article!!! thankyou

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