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location-based background - cool css trick

shmuelhizmi profile image shmuelhizmi ・2 min read

this weekend I have transformed my project "web desktop environment" (which you can read more about here) into a to a PWA (progressive web app) and in the process of doing so, I learn a really cool trick that made my PWA fill much more alive, the trick was making the background of the PWA app window relative to his position.

live in action 🎞🎞

create one yourself

import React, { useState, useEffect } from "react";
// import our css styles
import "./styles.css";

export default function App() {
  const [top, setTop] = useState(0); // track to position of the window relative to the top
  const [left, setLeft] = useState(0); // track to position of the window relative to the left
  useEffect(() => {
    const loop = setInterval(() => {
      if (window.screen.availWidth - window.innerWidth === 0) { // check if we are in window maximize mode
// if we are in window maximize mode reset the background position        
      } else { // else set the top and left states to the window location
    }, 500); // check only 2 times a second to avoid performance lost
return () => clearInterval(loop); // stop loop when component unmount
  }, [])
  return (
    <div className="App">
                    width: window.screen.width, //set the image full resolution base on screen resolution
                    height: window.screen.height,
                    transform: `translate(
            -${left && left % window.screen.availWidth /* in case we are running on a secondry ( left will be equal to primary screen + it's position on the relatve screen) screen we want to only get the position relative to the screen we are running on */}px,
            -${top && top - 40 /* remove 40px to account for top tabs and navigation bar */}px

/* fullscreen */
.App {
  position: absolute;
  overflow: hidden;
  top: 0;
  bottom: 0;
  right: 0;
  left: 0;

.Background {
  background: url("https://picsum.photos/1920/1080"); /* random image api */
  position: absolute;
  transition: transform 400ms; /* animation for background position change */


check out web desktop environment

GitHub logo shmuelhizmi / web-desktop-environment

a web/node-based cross-platform desktop environment

Web Desktop Environment

A cross-platform desktop-environment with a web interface

What is a Web Desktop Environment

just like any other desktop environment it is just a visual interface for your computer.
the twist with this desktop-environment is that "web-desktop-environment" visual interface runs on the web with his server running localy on your computer

Use Cases

  • interface for a cloud server (can possibly be used as a replacement for control panel)
  • interface for small/low power computers like the Raspberry Pi zero
  • interface for controlling your computer over a long distance

The technologies behind "web-desktop-devironment"

both the server and are build using a react framework called "react-fullstack" which is a framework for building fast react applications that rely a tight connection between the client and the server.


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if you have any new feature or existing feature you wnat to create or improve fell free to open a Pull Request



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Felippe Regazio

nice! if you try to apply on the element:

background-color: rgba(255,255,255,.6);
backdrop-filter: blur(5px);

would it create the same effect?

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shmuelhizmi Author

yep, if you put it in front of the image component it should work and get it to be blurry.