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I want an element to appear in case the website has not been used for a while and make it disappear after it is being used again. Is there any way to detect on a website if the mouse has not been moved for awhile?

closed as off-topic by Robert Harvey, gnat, Kilian Foth, Dan Pichelman, Bart van Ingen Schenau Sep 2 '13 at 17:55

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about an implementation issue. – Robert Harvey Sep 2 '13 at 3:24
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  • Ok sorry guys, I will ask better next time. – Karolis Ramanauskas Sep 2 '13 at 7:43
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Put an event handler that takes mouse position whenever mouse is moved store it in variable and store the exact time that happened.

Make a timer that runs each lets say each minute and checks if the last stored mouse position and time is older than a minute then make that element you want to appear else make sure the hide that element.

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    This is simple enough, and it'll work. You don't really have to store the exact time, you can just increment a flag every x seconds: Detecting idle time in JavaScript elegantly – yannis Sep 1 '13 at 11:50
  • It worked great. I used @YannisRizos link if anyone else needs this. – Karolis Ramanauskas Sep 1 '13 at 11:59
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    What about touch devices? What about people using the keyboard to navigate the page? Sure, you've detected the mouse movements but what about the bigger issue? – Sean McSomething Sep 1 '13 at 23:44
  • Good point @SeanMcSomething . My website has a really specific use case so I only need the mouse but would be interesting to hear solutions for keyboard, etc. – Karolis Ramanauskas Sep 2 '13 at 18:52
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You can set up a timer that expires after the desired amount of time of mouse inactivity, and reinitialize it whenever the mouse is moved.

See this question for an example (clearTimeout followed by setTimeout).

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