Add a “Read More” Link using jQuery

The jQuery Expander Plugin is a simple little jQuery plugin to hide/collapse a portion of an element's text and add a "read more" link so that the text can be viewed by the user if he or she wishes

Here’s a simple way to use this plug-in your HTML or ASP.NET Pages

1. Declare a Div or ASP.NET Panel

  <div class="readmore">
The Div Text Comes Here

2. Add the following jQuery code in the <head> section of your page

title>Add Read More Link (from</title>
<script type="text/javascript"
script type="text/javascript"
script type="text/javascript">
$(function () {
slicePoint: 200,
expandText: 'Click Here to Read More',
userCollapseText: 'Hide Text'

As you can see, we have used the ‘jQuery’ file and the ‘Expander’ plugin in the <head> of your document. Note: In a production application, download the expander code on your server and reference it from there.

Finally we are customizing the behavior and appearance of the expander, by overriding the default options. Check the entire expander API over here

When the Page Loads, click the ‘Click Here To Read More’ link to expand text


Once the Text has been expanded, click the ‘Hide Text’ Button to hide it again.


Live Demo

About The Author

Suprotim Agarwal
Suprotim Agarwal, Developer Technologies MVP (Microsoft Most Valuable Professional) is the founder and contributor for DevCurry, DotNetCurry and SQLServerCurry. He is the Chief Editor of a Developer Magazine called DNC Magazine. He has also authored two Books - 51 Recipes using jQuery with ASP.NET Controls. and The Absolutely Awesome jQuery CookBook.

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Beben Koben said...

it's like a toggle method, but this is more cool
thanks for tutor \m/

Ahmed said...

Nice tutorial! I use it on my site. But there's one problem, the script execute after the page finished loading. How to execute the script immediately before the page completely finished loading?

Vivekanand said...

Hi Author,

I have a query here, if we have a paragraph with more than 400 words, after slicepoint it is closing the paragraph tag and again it is opening the paragraph tag freshly - I mean one paragraph is sliced to two other paragraphs....


Matt said...

Vivekanand: Probably that's how the jquery function expander slices it. Isn't the code working for you? Post your code here

janis said...

I can't seem to apply the /div properly. It's hiding all of the text on the page. I have 5 posts on a single page, but it seems I can only use this function once per page?? I wan to apply the tag several times on a page. Help?

Celia said...

This is wonderfully simple (once I got my head around it as a complete .js newbie) - thank you!

Could you now please explain how to change the font of the expand & collapse texts in the head code - or can this be done as default settings in the jquery.expander.js file? I've hunted the internet but can't seem to find how to do it without stopping this code from working - could you post an example, please? With deep gratitude.

Suprotim Agarwal said...

Do you want the font changing to be dynamically done?

Celia said..., dunno! Do you mean by that that the expand & collapse inherit from the summary & detail text fonts - if so, yes please, but could you provide the options if not too much trouble, please? Thanks.

Celia said...

Don't worry - I've changed font with CSS and it's all working beautifully. Thank you again for your Read More script - it's the easiest and most concise answer I have found for the purpose.

Anonymous said...

It can't expander. Please help me check. I text from ''. Still same error at my local. Please help me check reason why . Thank for your help.

Anonymous said...

it saved my time, thank you!

Zahra said...
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Zahra said...

Great topic, but i have a problem using it. I need to add the read more function to a boundfield of a gridview, which does not accept the div tag. Any tip for how to use it there?

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Nico said...

I can't seem to apply jquery mobile buttons to the expandText and userCollapseText. Any tips on how to get it to work?

I would like to use link buttons like these [a href="#" data-icon="plus" data-mini="true" data-role="button"]Læs mere[/a]
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Kevin Wines said...

It seems javascripts are compatible with email- is this true? This works beautifully on my webpage, but when inserted in an email it does not?

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