MouseEvent.relatedTarget

The MouseEvent.relatedTarget read-only property is the secondary target for the mouse event, if there is one. That is:

Event name target relatedTarget
mouseenter The EventTarget the pointing device entered to The EventTarget the pointing device exited from
mouseleave The EventTarget the pointing device exited from The EventTarget the pointing device entered to
mouseout The EventTarget the pointing device exited from The EventTarget the pointing device entered to
mouseover The EventTarget the pointing device entered to The EventTarget the pointing device exited from
dragenter The EventTarget the pointing device entered to The EventTarget the pointing device exited from
dragleave The EventTarget the pointing device exited from The EventTarget the pointing device entered to

For events with no secondary target, relatedTarget returns null.

FocusEvent.relatedTarget is a similar property for focus events.

Syntax

var target = instanceOfMouseEvent.relatedTarget

Return value

An EventTarget object or null.

Example

Try moving your mouse cursor into and out of the red and blue boxes.

HTML

<body id="body">
  <div id="outer">
    <div id="red"></div>
    <div id="blue"></div>
  </div>
  <p id="log"></p>
</body>

CSS

#outer {
  width: 250px;
  height: 125px;
  display: flex;
}

#red {
  flex-grow: 1;
  background: red;
}

#blue {
  flex-grow: 1;
  background: blue;
}

#log {
  max-height: 120px;
  overflow-y: scroll;
}

JavaScript

const mouseoutLog = document.getElementById('log'),
      red = document.getElementById('red'),
      blue = document.getElementById('blue');

red.addEventListener('mouseover', overListener);
red.addEventListener('mouseout', outListener);
blue.addEventListener('mouseover', overListener);
blue.addEventListener('mouseout', outListener);

function outListener(event) {
  let related = event.relatedTarget ? event.relatedTarget.id : "unknown";

  mouseoutLog.innerText = `\nfrom ${event.target.id} into ${related} ${mouseoutLog.innerText}`;
}

function overListener(event) {
  let related = event.relatedTarget ? event.relatedTarget.id : "unknown";

  log.innerText = `\ninto ${event.target.id} from ${related} ${mouseoutLog.innerText}`;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification
UI Events
# dom-mouseevent-relatedtarget

Browser compatibility

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See also