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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 see 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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