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Same <button> .slideUp and .slideDown trouble...?

I've created a button that, when clicked, slides the div down and makes it larger. I'm trying to make it so when I click the same button, that div retracts back into itself. This is as far as I've gotten:

      if ($(".calendarContent").hasClass('retract')) {

This allows me to successfully click the button to extend the div and then can click the same button to retract it. But after another click, a loop is created and it just extends and retracts with one click, rather than staying extended until I click it again.

A little help to solve this?

3 Answers

Is there a reason you chose not to use slideToggle (jquery usually has a toggle option for things that have contrary paths of the same function, ie sliding up, sliding down)

Erik McClintock
Erik McClintock
45,783 Points


John is correct; it would make sense to use .slideToggle() here rather than individually calling .slideUp() and .slideDown(). If you absolutely wanted to use those two, you could write your function like this:

// we need only write one click handler...

  // ...and inside that handler, the first thing we do is check for our target class...
  if($('.calendar-content').hasClass('retract')) {

    // ...if our target class is found, we remove that class, and slideUp...

  } else { // ...but if the class is not found...

    // ...we add the class, and then slideDown!

But, with .slideToggle(), you don't need to do all that, and you don't even need to toggle your classes! You can simply write:

// we have one click handler...

        // ...and on click, jQuery does the work of checking the state of your targeted element, and toggles the slide for you!


The only reason I did not use .slideToggle is because I was not aware it was an option :) Awesome.

I also appreciate the fact walk through using the other code too.

Thanks so much!