Ross Ross - 11 months ago 45
jQuery Question

How to disable anchor "jump" when loading a page?

I think this may not be possible, will try and explain as best as I can.
I have a page containing tabs (jquery powered), controlled by the following:

I'm using this code, as provided by another user from a previous question.

<script type="text/javascript">
$(function() {

$('html, body').animate({scrollTop:0}); // this is my "fix"

var tabContent = $(".tab_content");
var tabs = $("#menu li");
var hash = window.location.hash;
if(hash=="") {
tabs.find('[href=' + hash + ']').parent().addClass('active'); {
var activeTab = $(this).find("a").attr("href");

return false;


this code works great when I visit the "tabs" page directly.

however, I need to link to invidual tabs from other pages - so to do this, the code gets the
then shows the appropiate tab.

the page doesn't "jump" to the anchor because of "return false".

this event is only triggered on a click event however. hence, if i visit my "tabs" from any other page, the "jump" effect is triggered. To combat this I automatically scroll to teh top of the page, but I would rather this didn't happen.

is there any way to simulate "return false" when the page loads, preventing the anchor "jump" from occuring.

hope this is clear enough.


Answer Source

Does your fix not work? I'm not sure if I understand the question correctly - do you have a demo page? You could try:

if (location.hash) {
  setTimeout(function() {

    window.scrollTo(0, 0);
  }, 1);

Edit: tested and works in Firefox, IE & Chrome on Windows. Edit 2: move setTimeout inside if block, props @vsync.