HTML Hyperlinks

The HTML <a> tag defines a hyperlink.

A hyperlink (or link) is a word, group of words, or image that you can click on to jump to another document.

When you move the cursor over a link in a Web page, the arrow will turn into a little hand.

The most important attribute of the <a> element is the href attribute, which indicates the link’s destination.

By default, links will appear as follows in all browsers:

  • An unvisited link is underlined and blue
  • A visited link is underlined and purple
  • An active link is underlined and red

HTML Link Syntax

The HTML code for a link is simple. It looks like this:

<a href=”url“>Link text</a>

The href attribute specifies the destination of a link.

Example

<a href=”http://www.cssubjects.com/”>Visit cssubjects</a>

HTML Links – The target Attribute

The target attribute specifies where to open the linked document.

The example below will open the linked document in a new browser window or a new tab:

Example

<a href=”http://www.google.com/” target=”_blank”>Visit Google!</a>

HTML Links – The id Attribute

The id attribute can be used to create a bookmark inside an HTML document.

Tip: Bookmarks are not displayed in any special way. They are invisible to the reader.

Example

An anchor with an id inside an HTML document:

<a id=”tips”>Useful Tips Section</a>

Create a link to the “Useful Tips Section” inside the same document:

<a href=”#tips”>Visit the Useful Tips Section</a>

Or, create a link to the “Useful Tips Section” from another page:

<a href=”http://www.w3schools.com/html_links.htm#tips”>
Visit the Useful Tips Section</a>

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