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Master jQuery .mouseout(): Add Event Handlers to mouseout Event

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Published Jan 9, 2018
Updated Oct 10, 2019

jQuery mouseout: Main Tips

  • The jQuery .mouseout() method attaches an event handler to mouseout event, or triggers the event.
  • The mouseout event occurs when the mouse pointer exits the element.
  • Unlike a similar .mouseleave() method, .mouseout() reacts to event bubbling.

Usage of .mouseout() Method

The .mouseout() method in jQuery attaches an event handler, executing a function when the mouseout event occurs, or triggers the event.

In the example below, you will notice no changes apply as you move your cursor on the paragraph, but the background color changes as the cursor moves away:

$("p").mouseout(() => {
    $("p").css("background-color", "green");

The .mouseleave() method can be used as an alternative for .mouseout() in jQuery. However, you must keep in mind their behavior differs when the elements have descendants:

var i = 0;
$( "div.overout" )
  .mouseover(function() {
    $( "p:first", this ).text( "mouse over" );
    $( "p:last", this ).text( ++i );
  .mouseout(function() {
    $( "p:first", this ).text( "mouse out" );
var n = 0;
$( "div.enterleave" )
  .mouseenter(function() {
    $( "p:first", this ).text( "mouse enter" );
    $( "p:last", this ).text( ++n );
  .mouseleave(function() {
    $( "p:first", this ).text( "mouse leave" );

Use this syntax to trigger the mouseout event:


Bind the event handler by specifying the function: