CSS : active selector is used to select and change the styles of the active link to make them attractive. A link or tag becomes active when clicked on it.

In this tutorial, we have applied CSS selector : active on link (which looks like a button) to show its effect. Here we have demonstrated to apply css on an element that has first normal selector, then : active selector and the last : hover selector to make its appearance more elegant and eye catching.

 


Syntax

Normal : In this element hover and active selectors are not applied.

HTML

<a href="#" class="normal-link">CSS Normal</a>

CSS

.normal-link{
background: #237E7C;
}

 

Active Selector : It’s mainly used to create differences between normal and click visualization, or to create attractive styles for interface.

HTML

<a href="#" class="active-link">CSS : active</a>

CSS

// Normal visualize of link

.active-link{
background: #237E7C;
}

// On click, it changes the background color

.active-link:active{
background: #5A5A5A;
}

 

Hover Selector : Hover selector is also used for attractive interface. It works when mouse is taken over link.

HTML

<a href="#" class="hover-link">CSS : hover</a>

CSS

 // Normal visualize

.hover-link{
background: #237E7C;
}

// On hover, it change the background colour.

.hover-link:hover{
background: #437294;
}

 

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Extract the downloaded files, save it and run index.html on browser

active selector css on link


 HTML File

Copy below code in your HTML file.

<html>
<head>
<title>active and hover state of button</title>
<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css">
</head>
<body>
<div class="main">
<h1>Example of :active and :hover selector </h1>
<div class="box">
<div class="normal_1"> <a href="#" class="normal-button teal">CSS Normal</a></div>
<div class="normal_2"> <a href="#" class="normal-button teal">CSS Normal</a></div>
<div class="active_1"> <a href="#" class="active-button teal">CSS : active</a></div>
<div class="active_2"> <a href="#" class="active-button teal">CSS : active</a></div>
<div class="active_3"> <a href="#" class="active-button teal">CSS : active</a></div>
<div class="hover_1"> <a href="#" class="hover-button teal">CSS : hover</a></div>
<div class="hover_2"> <a href="#" class="hover-button teal">CSS : hover</a></div>

</div>
</div>

<!-- Right side div -->
<div id="formget">
<a href=https://www.formget.com/app><img src="formget.jpg" alt="Online Form Builder"/></a>
</div>
</body>
</html>

CSS File

Copy below code in your CSS file, or inside style tag in HTML page.

@import url(http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Raleway);

body{
margin:0 auto;
font-family: 'Raleway', sans-serif;
}

.main {
margin-left: 230px;
margin-top: 140px;
}

/* Hover */

.hover-button{
position: relative;
top: 0;
border-radius: 4px;
font-size: 18px;
padding: 8px 28px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 0px solid;
cursor: pointer;
border-bottom-width: 10px;
outline: none;
-webkit-transition: 0.3s background;
-moz-transition: 0.3s background;
transition: 0.3s background;
}

.hover-button.teal{
color: #fff;
border-color: #237E7C;
background-color: #08BBB7;
}

.hover-button.teal:hover{
background: #237E7C;
}

/* Active */

.active-button{
position: relative;
top: 0;
border-radius: 4px;
font-size: 18px;
padding: 8px 28px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 0px solid;
cursor: pointer;
border-bottom-width: 10px;
outline: none;
-webkit-transition: 0.3s background;
-moz-transition: 0.3s background;
transition: 0.3s background;
}

.active-button:active{
top: 3px;
}

.active-button.teal{
color: #fff;
border-color: #237E7C;
background-color: #08BBB7;
}

.active-button.teal:hover{
background: #0ACFCB;
}
.active-button.teal:active{
background: #5A5A5A;
border-bottom-width: 3px;
}

/* Normal Button */

.normal-button{
position: relative;
top: 0;
border-radius: 4px;
font-size: 18px;
padding: 8px 28px;
text-decoration: none;
border: 0px solid;
cursor: pointer;
border-bottom-width: 10px;
outline: none;
-webkit-transition: 0.3s background;
-moz-transition: 0.3s background;
transition: 0.3s background;
}

.normal-button.teal{
color: #fff;
border-color: #237E7C;
background-color: #08BBB7;
}
/* div set */

.box {
width: 588px;
height: 292px;
margin-top: 140px;
}
h1 {
margin-left: 30px;
}

.normal_1 {
margin-top: 50px;
margin-left: 132px;
}

.normal_2 {
margin-top: -19px;
margin-left: 350px;
}

.active_1 {
margin-top: 59px;
margin-left: 30px;
}

.active_2 {
margin-left: 220px;
margin-top: -21px;
}

.active_3 {
margin-left: 415px;
margin-top: -21px;
}

.hover_1 {
margin-left: 130px;
margin-top: 60px;
}

.hover_2 {
margin-left: 322px;
margin-top: -21px;
}

Conclusion:

In this tutorial we have learned about, how to create differences between visualization using :active, :hover selector. Hope you have benefited from it. Keep visiting our website in future for more knowledge and information.