Skip to content

React DOM events on components

New Courses Coming Soon

Join the waiting lists

I wanted to show or hide a little panel based on the mouse hover status.

When I hovered a link, the panel would show up.

Then I could enter this panel with the mouse, and when I moved the mouse away, the panel would hide.

Like the Twitter profile that shows when you move the mouse upon the name of a person:

on the <a> element that triggered the panel to show up, I added the event onMouseEnter:

  onMouseEnter={() => {

so the panel would show when I hovered it with the mouse, because it was shown depending on the showCard state variable I had set before:

const [showCard, setShowCard] = useState(false)

Then I had the ProfileCard component but I couldn’t just do:

onMouseEnter={() => {
onMouseLeave={() => {

because it didn’t work. ProfileCard is not a DOM element, so it didn’t get the events fired to respond to.

What I had to do was to pass onMouseEnter and onMouseLeave as props to the ProfileCard component, then identify the correct DOM element inside it that could receive those events, and attach the event handler there. In this case, I used the container div:

const ProfileCard = ({
}) => (

Now leaving the panel would hide it.

→ Get my React Beginner's Handbook
→ Read my full React Tutorial on The Valley of Code

Here is how can I help you: