Click through div to underlying elements

Asked 12 years ago
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I have a div that has background:transparent, along with border. Underneath this div, I have more elements.

Currently, I'm able to click the underlying elements when I click outside of the overlay div. However, I'm unable to click the underlying elements when clicking directly on the overlay div.

I want to be able to click through this div so that I can click on the underlying elements.

My Problem

asked 12 years ago

Correct Answer

Yes, you CAN do this.

Using pointer-events: none along with CSS conditional statements for IE11 (does not work in IE10 or below), you can get a cross browser compatible solution for this problem.

Using AlphaImageLoader, you can even put transparent .PNG/.GIFs in the overlay div and have clicks flow through to elements underneath.


pointer-events: none;
background: url('your_transparent.png');

IE11 conditional:

filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(src='your_transparent.png', sizingMethod='scale');
background: none !important;

Here is a basic example page with all the code.

answered 1 year ago

Other Answer

Yes, you CAN force overlapping layers to pass through (ignore) click events.
PLUS you CAN have specific children excluded from this behavior...

You can do this, using pointer-events

pointer-events influences the reaction to click-, tap-, scroll- und hover events.

In a layer that should ignore / pass-through mentioned events you set

pointer-events: none; 

Children of that unresponsive layer that need to react mouse / tap events again need:

pointer-events: auto; 

That second part is very helpful if you work with multiple overlapping div layers (probably some parents being transparent), where you need to be able to click on child elements and only that child elements.

Example usage:

.parent {
.child {
<div class="parent">
  <a href="#">I'm unresponsive</a>
  <a href="#" class="child">I'm clickable again, wohoo !</a>
answered 12 years ago