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How TO - Side Navigation Buttons

Learn how to create hoverable side navigation buttons with CSS.

How To Create a Hoverable Sidenav

Step 1) Add HTML:


<div id="mySidenav" class="sidenav">
  <a href="#" id="about">About</a>
  <a href="#" id="blog">Blog</a>
  <a href="#" id="projects">Projects</a>
  <a href="#" id="contact">Contact</a>

Step 2) Add CSS:


/* Style the links inside the sidenav */
#mySidenav a {
    position: absolute; /* Position them relative to the browser window */
    left: -80px; /* Position them outside of the screen */
    transition: 0.3s; /* Add transition on hover */
    padding: 15px; /* 15px padding */
    width: 100px; /* Set a specific width */
    text-decoration: none; /* Remove underline */
    font-size: 20px; /* Increase font size */
    color: white; /* White text color */
    border-radius: 0 5px 5px 0; /* Rounded corners on the top right and bottom right side */

#mySidenav a:hover {
    left: 0; /* On mouse-over, make the elements appear as they should */

/* The about link: 20px from the top with a green background */
#about {
    top: 20px;
    background-color: #4CAF50;

#blog {
    top: 80px;
    background-color: #2196F3; /* Blue */

#projects {
    top: 140px;
    background-color: #f44336; /* Red */

#contact {
    top: 200px;
    background-color: #555 /* Light Black */
Try it Yourself »

Tip: Go to our CSS Navbar Tutorial to learn more about navigation bars.