Ben Borgers

How to reset scroll on route change with React Static

April 8, 2021

React Static seems to have an issue where, if you click on a link a bit down on a page, it keeps you scrolled down on the next page. That’s not standard behavior, but luckily it’s fairly easy to fix.

First, I exported an extra function called useLocation from my Router component, so we can use it in a moment. By default, this component lives at src/components/Router.

// src/components/Router

export { Link, Router, useLocation } from '@reach/router'

I created a new component in src/App.js called <ScrollToTop /> that scrolls to the top of the page whenever the page changes.

// src/App.js
import React, { useLayoutEffect } from 'react'
import { Root, Routes } from 'react-static'

import { Router, useLocation } from 'components/Router'

function App() {
    return (
            <React.Suspense fallback={<em>Loading...</em>}>
				{/* Here it is! */}
                <ScrollToTop />

                    <Routes path="*" />

function ScrollToTop() {
    const { pathname } = useLocation()

    useLayoutEffect(() => {
        window.scrollTo(0, 0)
    }, [pathname])

    return null

export default App

I just declared the component at the bottom of the file, and then included it in the root App component.

This uses the useLocation function that we exported from the router, and uses React’s useLayoutEffect (which is like useEffect but runs after all DOM mutations for a less jarring scroll reset) to scroll to the top of the page every time the URL path changes.

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