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How to Force a Page Scroll Position to the Top of the Page on Page Refresh with JavaScript?

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By default, the scroll position of the page is kept after we refresh the page.

Sometimes, we want to force a page to scroll to the top when we refresh it.

In this article, we’ll look at how to force a page to scroll to the top when we refresh the page.

Listen to the beforeunload Event and use the scrollTo Method

To run code when the page refreshes, we can listen to the beforeunload event.

Then in the beforeunload event handler, we call the scrollTo method to scroll to the top of the page when it refreshes.

For instance, if we have the following HTML:

<div>

</div>

Then we can write:

const div = document.querySelector('div')
for (let i = 0; i < 100; i++) {
  const p = document.createElement('p')
  p.textContent = i
  div.appendChild(p)
}

window.onbeforeunload = () => {
  window.scrollTo(0, 0);
}

to add some elements into the div with the document.createElement method and the appenndChild method.

Then we set the window.onbeforeunload property to a function that calls window.scrollTo with 0 and 0 to scroll to the top.

Now when we refresh the page, we scroll to the top of the page.

Conclusion

We can force a page to scroll to the top when we refresh the page by listening to the beforeunload event with a listener and call scrollTo ibn the event listener.

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