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How TO - Top Navigation


Learn how to create a top navigation bar with CSS.


Top Navigation Bar

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Create A Top Navigation Bar

Step 1) Add HTML:

Example

<div class="topnav">
  <a class="active" href="#home">Home</a>
  <a href="#news">News</a>
  <a href="#contact">Contact</a>
  <a href="#about">About</a>
</div>

Step 2) Add CSS:

Example

/* Add a black background color to the top navigation */
.topnav {
    background-color: #333;
    overflow: hidden;
}

/* Style the links inside the navigation bar */
.topnav a {
    float: left;
    color: #f2f2f2;
    text-align: center;
    padding: 14px 16px;
    text-decoration: none;
    font-size: 17px;
}

/* Change the color of links on hover */
.topnav a:hover {
    background-color: #ddd;
    color: black;
}

/* Add a color to the active/current link */
.topnav a.active {
    background-color: #4CAF50;
    color: white;
}
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Tip: To create mobile-friendly, responsive navigation bars, read our How To - Responsive Top Navigation tutorial.

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