Offset Anchor Tag

Working with CSS fixed headers and HTML anchor tags can be a little tricky. The jump point will need to be offset by the height of the header, and other fixed elements.

Anchor Tag

<a class="anchor_tag"></a>

CSS Offset (hidden content)

.anchor_tag {
    display: block;
    position: relative;
    top: -5em;
    visibility: hidden;


jQuery Offset (visible content)

var jQueryanchor = jQuery(':target'),
fixedElementHeight = 200;

if (jQueryanchor.length > 0) {

window.scrollTo(0, jQueryanchor.offset().top - fixedElementHeight);



jQuery(window).on('hashchange load', function() {

})(jQuery, window);


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