re: useDumbHooks VIEW POST


I wrote one dumb hook (extracted from the code, actually), useClickAway, which detects a click outside of the element (so I could hide the dropdown menu, for example). It just was nicer to have it separated instead of that code being copypasted around in different components.


Nice. Do you have it as open source repo or a gist or a codesandbox?


Well, here it is.

import { useEffect } from 'react';

export default function useClickAway(onClickAway, ref) {
  useEffect(() => {
    document.addEventListener('mousedown', handleClick);
    return () => {
      document.removeEventListener('mousedown', handleClick);
  }, []);

  function handleClick(event) {
    if (ref.current && !ref.current.contains(event.target)) onClickAway();

This is what I did before in the component and how it's now:

componentDidMount() {
    document.addEventListener('mousedown', this.handleClickOutside);

  componentWillUnmount() {
    document.removeEventListener('mousedown', this.handleClickOutside);

  setWrapperRef = node => {
    this.wrapperRef = node;

  handleClickOutside = event => {
    if (this.wrapperRef && !this.wrapperRef.contains(event.target)) {


const wrapperRef = useRef();
useClickAway(props.onClickAway, wrapperRef);
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