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How TO - Smooth Scroll


Learn how to create a smooth scrolling effect with CSS.


Smooth Scrolling

Note: This example does not work in Internet Explorer, Edge or Safari (for a "cross-browser" solution, see example below).

Section 1

Click on the link to see the "smooth" scrolling effect.

Click Me to Smooth Scroll to Section 2 Below

Note: Remove the scroll-behavior property to remove smooth scrolling.


Smooth Scrolling

Add scroll-behavior: smooth to the <html> element to enable smooth scrolling for the whole page (note: it is also possible to add it to a specific element/scroll container):

Example

html {
  scroll-behavior: smooth;
}
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Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the scroll-behavior property.

Property
scroll-behavior 61.0 Not supported 36.0 Not supported Yes

Cross-browser Solution

For browsers that do not support the scroll-behavior property, you could use JavaScript or a JavaScript library, like jQuery, to create a solution that will work for all browsers:

Example

<script src="https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/3.3.1/jquery.min.js"></script>
<script>
$(document).ready(function(){
  // Add smooth scrolling to all links
  $("a").on('click', function(event) {

    // Make sure this.hash has a value before overriding default behavior
    if (this.hash !== "") {
      // Prevent default anchor click behavior
      event.preventDefault();

      // Store hash
      var hash = this.hash;

      // Using jQuery's animate() method to add smooth page scroll
      // The optional number (800) specifies the number of milliseconds it takes to scroll to the specified area
      $('html, body').animate({
        scrollTop: $(hash).offset().top
      }, 800, function(){

        // Add hash (#) to URL when done scrolling (default click behavior)
        window.location.hash = hash;
      });
    } // End if
  });
});
</script>
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Tip: Read more about the scroll-behavior property in our CSS Reference: CSS scroll-behavior Property.