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How to Disable a Link using Only CSS

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Answer: Use the CSS pointer-events Property

You can simply use the CSS pointer-events property to disable a link. The none value of this property specify the element is never the target of pointer events.

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

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">
<title>Disable an HTML Link using CSS</title>
<style>
    .disabled-link{
        cursor: default;
        pointer-events: none;        
        text-decoration: none;
        color: grey;
    }
</style>
</head>
<body>
    <a href="somepage.html" class="disabled-link">HTML Link</a>
</body>
</html>

The pointer-events property supported in all major browsers, such as Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IE11+, etc. Alternatively, you can use jQuery to remove the clickable behavior from a disabled link.


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