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JavaScript JavaScript and the DOM (Retiring) Making Changes to the DOM Styling Elements

Show & hide toggle needing to click 2 times to activate?

I am trying to make a show/hide toggle for a div element. The div element is by default already showing when the webpage is start up. My code keeps requiring me to press 2 time before I can hide the div for the first time, I am very confused as to the reason why...

Code sample here

const myToggle = document.getElementById('myToggle'); const areaDiv = document.getElementById('areaDiv');

myToggle.addEventListener('click', () => { toggleShow(areaDiv, myToggle); })

function toggleShow(target, button){ let toggle = target.style.display;

if(toggle == "block"){ target.style.display = "none"; button.textContent = "show" }else{ target.style.display = "block"; button.textContent = "hide" }


3 Answers

It's quite a while back, but if my memory is correct. The issue was due to "target.style.display" was not initially "none", but instead it is "auto" because I didn't set it up in the CSS.

so first click, it checks if (auto == block), which is false, and it turn the "target.style.display" to "block". which doesn't hide the element.

so it has to go on the second click to see that (block == block), so it turns the "target.style.display" to "none", which hides the element.

the solution is to set the "target.style.display" in the CSS file to block, so on first click it is already of that value

Oh I found out the cause, it's because the CSS style sheet did not specify the display = "block" originally.

Pragnesh Makwana
Pragnesh Makwana
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Hi Sunny, I'm having the same situation but i couldn't understand your answer. Can you please elaborate ? Thank You