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CSS Pseudo-class :hover

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The :hover pseudo-class is used to add special effect to an element when you mouse over it.

While defining pseudo-classes in a <style>...</style> block, following points should be taken care:

  • a:hover MUST come after a:link and a:visited in the CSS definition in order to be effective.

  • a:active MUST come after a:hover in the CSS definition in order to be effective.

  • Pseudo-class names are not case-sensitive.

  • Pseudo-class are different from CSS classes but they can be combined.

Possible Values:

  • color: Any valid color value.

Applies to:

Anchor / Link element.


Following is the example which demonstrates how use :hover class to change the color of links when we bring a mouse pointer over that link.

<style type="text/css">
a:hover {color: #FFCC00}
<a href="/html/index.htm">Bring Mouse Here</a>

This will produce following link. Now you bring your mouse over this link and you will see that it changes its color to yellow.

Bring Mouse Here

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