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How to create an HTML button that acts like a link

Topic: HTML / CSSPrev|Next

Answer: Use the Submit button

In case if you do not have option to use an <a> element then you can use the submit button inside a <form> where the value of the action attribute is set to the desired URL.

Let's try out the following example to understand how it basically works:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Make HTML Button Act Like a Link</title>
<style>
    form {
        /* To keep the form in flow with the surrounding text */
        display: inline;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>
    <form action="https://www.google.com/">
        <input type="submit" value="Go to Google">
    </form>
</body>
</html>

However, if you can use the element of your choice then you should better use an anchor element (<a>) and style it using the CSS properties to make it look like a button, like this:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Make HTML Link Look Like a Button</title>
<style>
    a.link-btn {
        color: #fff;
        background: #337ab7;
        display:inline-block;
        border: 1px solid #2e6da4;        
        font: bold 14px Arial, sans-serif;
        text-decoration: none;
        border-radius: 2px;
        padding: 6px 20px;
    }
    a.link-btn:hover {
        background-color: #245582;
        border-color: #1a3e5b;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>
    <a href="https://google.com" class="link-btn">Go to Google</a>
</body>
</html>

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