Published on January 9, 2022 Updated on June 13, 2024

3 javascript:void alternatives

In this article, you will learn some javaScript: void alternatives. Before we begin, I will do a brief introduction about javascript: void.

What is it?

We use javascript: void when there’s a link that we don’t want to change webpage. So when a user clicks the link nothing will happen. This is mostly used in demo webpages, etc. So let’s see the alternatives.

Using e.preventDefault;

We can set href="#" to the link and add a class event and add this javascript code.

const links = document.querySelectorAll('a.event');
if (links) {
	links.forEach((link) => {
		link.addEventListener('click', (e) => {

Now, when we click the link nothing happens. You can read more about e.preventDefault; here.

Using #!

This is the easiest method. When we set href="#", if the page is scrolling, it will scroll up. But if we set href="#!" it will stay the same.

Using return false

Using onclick="return: false" and href=”#”` also works.

Using a button instead of a

Using a button element instead of the a element also works. But if you want to use a link and can’t live without it, you can use the methods I used before.

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