The Window.screenY read-only property returns the vertical distance, in CSS pixels, of the top border of the user's browser viewport to the top edge of the screen.

Note: An alias of screenY was implemented across modern browsers in more recent times — Window.screenTop. This was originally supported only in IE but was introduced everywhere due to popularity.


A number equal to the number of CSS pixels from the top edge of the browser viewport to the top edge of the screen.


In our screenleft-screentop example, you'll see a canvas onto which has been drawn a circle. In this example we are using Window.screenLeft/Window.screenTop plus Window.requestAnimationFrame() to constantly redraw the circle in the same physical position on the screen, even if the window position is moved.

initialLeft = window.screenLeft + canvasElem.offsetLeft;
initialTop = window.screenTop + canvasElem.offsetTop;

function positionElem() {
  let newLeft = window.screenLeft + canvasElem.offsetLeft;
  let newTop = window.screenTop + canvasElem.offsetTop;

  let leftUpdate = initialLeft - newLeft;
  let topUpdate = initialTop - newTop;

  ctx.fillStyle = 'rgb(0, 0, 0)';
  ctx.fillRect(0, 0, width, height);
  ctx.fillStyle = 'rgb(0, 0, 255)';
  ctx.arc(leftUpdate + (width/2), topUpdate + (height/2) + 35, 50, degToRad(0), degToRad(360), false);

  pElem.textContent = `Window.screenLeft: ${window.screenLeft}, Window.screenTop: ${window.screenTop}`;



These work in exactly the same way as screenX/screenY.

Also in the code we include a snippet that detects whether screenLeft is supported, and if not, polyfills in screenLeft/screenTop using screenX/screenY.

if (!window.screenLeft) {
  window.screenLeft = window.screenX;
  window.screenTop = window.screenY;


CSSOM View Module
# dom-window-screeny

Browser compatibility

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