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Retaining browser scrollbar position after page reloading

Jesus Angeles
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Just like javaranch pages, how do I, using either html or javascript, retain the scrollbar position even though the page reloads, e.g. by pressing 'refresh' of browser.

I noticed that javaranch pages are like that. If I am currently at the bottom of the page, and I click the browser's 'refresh' function or F5, the page reloads, and the focus is returned to the bottom of the page.
Bauke Scholtz
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Anchors. Note the part after the # in the URL and the anchor names or element ID's in the HTML source.
Jesus Angeles
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I am not sure if you got what I meant.

Try go to http://www.javaranch.com/

Then scroll the page down to the bottom (this page is long so you would be like 4 screen-full down) of the page.

Then do a refresh by PF5 or the browser's refresh trigger like a button.

You will see that the javaranch page reloaded with the latest data from server, then went back to bottom of page - the same scroll location where you were.

We are talking about random/dynamic locations, not pages with #.
Jeanne Boyarsky
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My browser does that too. I think it is being smart and remembering for me. There certainly isn't any code that does it in the forum.


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This is inherent behavior of the browser.


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Jesus Angeles
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Thank you.

Now, just to play with it, I will try to force it by code. I will try using onload/unload of javascript, and cookies. If you got ideas, it will appreciated.
 
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