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Compability: IE4+  N6+


The active pseudo-class is used to apply a style to a link element when that link is selected either by coming into focus or being clicked upon. Under those circumstances, the link is said to be active.

All together, there are four pseudo-classes that are reserved for use with the HTML anchor tag (a). They are used to assign any appropriate CSS property:value pair to a link. Most typically, they are used to designate a font color, or background color, or to remove the underline.
Please refer to the HTML Quick Reference for more information about the anchor tag.

A pseudo-class is assigned to a selector via following syntax:

selector:pseudo-class { property: value; ...; }

A pseudo-class can also be used with the value assigned as a class to a selector:

selector.class:pseudo-class { property: value; ...; }


a:active { background-color: RGB(100, 14, 107); text-decoration: none; }
a:hover { color: red; text-decoration: none; }
a:link { color: teal; text-decoration: none; }
a:visited { visibility: hidden; }
Language(s): CSS2
a.example:active {
color: yellow; font-size: 50px; background-color: red; text-decoration: none;
<a class="example" href="http://www.devguru.com" target="_blank">DevGuru</a>

Click and hold the mouse down on the following link and note the change in appearance.

Language(s): CSS2

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