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First element width retrieval and matched set width setting.

Description

The .width() method is used to retrieve the currently computed CSS content width of the first element within the matched set or set the CSS content width of every matched element.

  • Useful in mathematical calculations as any unit measurements are stripped off.
  • The width only relates to the element content and does not include any padding, border or margin.
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Syntax


Signature Description
.width() Retrieve the currently computed CSS width from the first element within the matched set.
.width( value ) Set the CSS width of each element within the matched set.
.width( function(index, value) )A function returning the CSS width to set.

Parameters


Parameter Description Type
valueEither an integer representing the new width in pixels or a string containing the new width as an integer with a CSS recognized unit measurement appended to it.String or
Number
function(index, value)A function.
  • Each time the callback runs, it is passed the current index position of the element in the set.
  • The existing width pertaining to the current element is also passed.
  • The callback is fired in the context of the current element in the set, so the keyword this refers to that element.
Function

Return

Retrieving - A Number object (an integer).

Setting - A jQuery object including the updated width within the matched set.

.width() Examplego to top of page Top

Retrieve the currently computed CSS content width from the first element within the matched set.

  • The .width() signature will always return the content width, regardless of the value of the CSS box-sizing property.

In the example below when we press the button we get the width of the table row and table cell below.

Table For Testing The .width() Signature
Table Row 1, Table Data 1 Table Row 1, Table Data 2


$(function(){
  $('#btn9').on('click', function() {
    alert('The table row has a width of ' +  $('#table1 tr').width()  
          + ' and the table cell has a width of ' + $('#table1 td').width());
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:


.width( value ) Examplego to top of page Top

Set the CSS width of each element within the matched set.

  • The .width( value ) signature sets the width of the box in accordance with the CSS box-sizing property and if this is set to border-box it will cause this function to change the outerWidth of the box instead of the content width.

In the example below when we press the left button we make the table cells bigger.

When we press the right button we make the table cells smaller.

Table For Testing The .width( value ) Signature
Table Row 1, Table Data 1 Table Row 1, Table Data 2


$(function(){
  $('#btn10').on('click', function() {
    $('#table2 td').width(340);
  });
  $('#btn11').on('click', function() {
    $('#table2 td').width(250);
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:

               


.width( function(index, value) ) Examplego to top of page Top

A function returning the CSS width to set.

In the example below when the button is pressed we return a new width for even table cells.

Table For Testing The .width( function(index, value) ) Signature
Table Row 1, Table Data 1 Table Row 1, Table Data 2
Table Row 2, Table Data 1 Table Row 2, Table Data 2
Table Row 3, Table Data 1 Table Row 3, Table Data 2


$(function(){
  $('#btn12').on('click', function() {
    $('#table3 td:even').width( function(index, value) {
      return $(this).width(338);
    });
  });
  });
});

Press the button below to action the above code:


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