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Smooth Scrolling for Screencasts

Let’s say you wanted to scroll a web page from top to bottom programmatically. For example, you’re recording a screencast and want a nice full-page scroll. You probably can’t scroll it yourself because it’ll be all uneven and jerky. Native JavaScript can do smooth scrolling. Here’s a tiny snippet that might do the trick for you:

window.scrollTo({
  top: document.body.getBoundingClientRect().height,
  behavior: 'smooth'
});

But there is no way to control the speed or easing of that! It’s likely to … Read article “Smooth Scrolling for Screencasts”

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Downsides of Smooth Scrolling

Smooth scrolling has gotten a lot easier. If you want it all the time on your page, and you are happy letting the browser deal with the duration for you, it’s a single line of CSS:

html {
  scroll-behavior: smooth;
}

I tried this on version 17 of this site, and it was the second most-hated thing, aside from the beefy scrollbar. I haven’t changed the scrollbar. I like it. I’m a big user of scrollbars and making it … Read article “Downsides of Smooth Scrolling”

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Smooth Scrolling and Accessibility

Smooth scrolling (the animated change of position within the viewport from the originating link to the destination anchor) can be a nice interaction detail added to a site, giving a polished feel to the experience. If you don’t believe me, look at how many people have responded to the Smooth Scrolling snippet here on CSS-Tricks.… Read article “Smooth Scrolling and Accessibility”

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Smooth Scrolling

Hey! Before you go too far down the rabbit hole of JavaScript-based smooth scrolling, know that there is a native CSS feature for this: scroll-behavior.

html {
  scroll-behavior: smooth;
}

And before you reach for a library like jQuery to help, there is also a native JavaScript version of smooth scrolling, like this:

// Scroll to specific values
// scrollTo is the same
window.scroll({
  top: 2500, 
  left: 0, 
  behavior: 'smooth'
});

// Scroll certain amounts from current position 
window.scrollBy({ 
  
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