How do I detect if the browser window is active

The code im currently using is this

var focus;
function focuswindow() { focus = true; }
function hidewindow() { focus = false; }
window.onfocus = focuswindow();
window.onblur = hidewindow();

The idea is that it can be used like this

if( focus ) { //do something

However its not working. Also it only needs to work on Chrome (so no legacy IE stuff) since its for a Chrome extension.


The reason it doesn't work is that you're calling the functions immediately and assigning the return value of undefined to onfocus and onblur.

Instead, onfocus and onblur should reference the functions by name.

Try this:

window.onfocus = focuswindow;
window.onblur = hidewindow;

Notice that I removed the () call operators. Now onfocus and onblur are referencing the functions, and will call them when the events occur.

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