The Window.screenLeft read-only property returns the horizontal distance, in CSS pixels, from the left border of the user's browser viewport to the left side of the screen.

Note: screenLeft is an alias of the older Window.screenX property. screenLeft was originally supported only in IE but was introduced everywhere due to popularity.


leftWindowPos = window.screenLeft 


A number equal to the number of CSS pixels from the left edge of the browser viewport to the  left 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 screenLeft/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;



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

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


Specification Status Comment
CSS Object Model (CSSOM) View Module
The definition of 'Window.screenLeft' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
screenLeftChrome Full support 1Edge Full support 12Firefox Full support 64IE Full support 5Opera Full support ≤12.1Safari Full support 1WebView Android Full support 1Chrome Android Full support 18Firefox Android Full support 64Opera Android Full support ≤12.1Safari iOS Full support 1Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0


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