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CSS :visited Selector


Select and style visited links:

a:visited {
    color: pink;
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The :visited selector is used to select visited links.

Tip: Use the :link selector to style links to unvisited pages, the :hover selector to style links when you mouse over them, and the :active selector to style links when you click on them.

Browsers limits the styles that can be set for a:visited links, due to security issues.

Allowed styles are:

  • color
  • background-color
  • border-color (and border-color for seperate sides)
  • outline color
  • column-rule-color
  • the color parts of fill and stroke

All other styles are inherited from a:link.

Version: CSS1

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specifies the first browser version that fully supports the selector.

:visited 4.0 7.0 2.0 3.1 9.6

CSS Syntax

:visited {
    css declarations;


More Examples


Select and style unvisited, visited, hover, and active links:

/* unvisited link */
a:link {
    color: green;

/* visited link */
a:visited {
    color: green;

/* mouse over link */
a:hover {
    color: red;

/* selected link */
a:active {
    color: yellow;
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Style links with different styles:

a.ex1:hover, a.ex1:active {
    color: red;

a.ex2:hover, a.ex2:active {
    font-size: 150%;
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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Links

CSS tutorial: CSS Pseudo classes