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@toddDec 02.2022 — To check if an element is hidden in jQuery, you can use the is() method with the :hidden selector. This method returns true if the element is hidden, and false if it is visible. Here is an example:


if ($("#myElement").is(":hidden")) {
// The element is hidden.
} else {
// The element is visible.
}


This code uses the is() method to check if the element with the ID myElement is hidden. If the element is hidden, the code in the first if block is executed. Otherwise, the code in the else block is executed.

To toggle the visibility of an element using the .hide(), .show(), or .toggle() methods, you can simply call the method on the element. Here are some examples:


// Hide the element.
$("#myElement").hide();

// Show the element.
$("#myElement").show();

// Toggle the visibility of the element.
$("#myElement").toggle();


The .hide() method hides the element by setting its display property to none. The .show() method shows the element by setting its display property to an appropriate value (e.g., block for a <div> element). The .toggle() method switches the visibility of the element by toggling the value of its display property between none and the default value.

To test if an element is visible or hidden, you can use the .is() method with the :visible selector. This method returns true if the element is visible, and false if it is hidden. Here is an example:


if ($("#myElement").is(":visible")) {
// The element is visible.
} else {
// The element is hidden.
}


This code uses the .is() method to check if the element with the ID myElement is visible. If the element is visible, the code in the first if block is executed. Otherwise, the code in the else block is executed.

Note that the :hidden and :visible selectors are not the same as the display property of the element. An element can be hidden using the display property, but it can also be hidden by other means, such as by setting its visibility property to hidden or by using the opacity property to make it transparent. In contrast, an element can be visible even if its display property is set to none, if it is positioned off-screen using the position and left/right/top/bottom properties, or if it is hidden using the visibility property. The :hidden and :visible selectors are designed to account for these differences, and they provide a more reliable way to test the visibility of an element in jQuery.
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