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CSS - Pseudo-class :active



The :active pseudo-class is used to add special effect to an activated element.

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 to use :active class to change the color of active links.

<style type="text/css">
   a:active {color: #FF00CC}
<a href="/html/index.htm">Click This Link</a>

This will produce following link. This will change its color to pink when user clicks it.