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Amirul Asyraf
Amirul Asyraf

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How to Change Link Underline Color with CSS

Last night, when I look at Basecamp website, I notice an interesting CSS stuff.


When I hover the Nav link at the header, there will be a nice yellow highlight appear below the link. This is cool, tho .

When I inspect the a tag, they used text-decoration stuff.

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I do a quick research and found this awesome, simple CSS magic to change the underline color.

I already do the research, you just need to grab the popcorn 🍿 and enjoy the journey πŸš€.

By default, the color of the underline is set the same as the text color of the link. If the link is blue 🟦, the underline also a blue color 🟦. But, you know right, because of human's creativity(cough, cough...)πŸ˜†, sometimes we want to give the underline a different color from the text of the link.

There are two ways I found to make this happen. One is using the text-decoration stuff, the second one is using the old border-bottom trick.

personally, I prefer text-decoration over border-bottom. The right tool for the right job. I donno.

βœ… text-decoration

text-decoration is the most straightforward way to underline text.

text-decoration-color is what we needed

a {
    text-decoration: none;
    color: blue;

/* show underline on hover */
a:hover {
    text-decoration: underline;
    text-decoration-color: red;
    -webkit-text-decoration-color: red;
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note: -webkit is for Safari.

This is the only thing you needed. If you want to customize more, read more :P

🌈 text-decoration properties

text-decoration works fine by itself, but you can add a few properties to customize the way it looks:

1) text-decoration-color

text-decoration-color lets you change an underline’s color separately from its text color.

2- text-decoration-skip

This property will skip the edgy alphabet like g, p, f. It didn't go through it. Examples :

3- text-decoration-style

text-decoration-style give you a free underline design using different values. No need to add SVG.

Here are the available values that you can use:

  • dashed
  • dotted
  • double
  • solid
  • wavy

note: This example is from Mozilla MDN. You also can seperate the text-decoration into text-decoration-color and text-decoration-style.

a {
 text-decoration: underline;
 text-decoration-color: red;
 text-decoration-style: wavy;
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4- text-underline-offset

This is quite cool. It can be used to define how far the line is from the initial text.

5- text-underline-thickness

This property is used to tell how big the underline is.

βœ… border-bottom

disclaimer: if you happy with the first trick, just go with it. This is just another same trick.

If we want to use border-bottom trick, first we need to remove the underline with the text-decoration property value of none. Then we add the border-bottom property with 3 short-hand CSS values of 3px solid red.

3px = Variable of the underline width in pixels

solid = Border style (solid, dotted, or dashed)

red = Color code. Hex also can, like #999999

I add this cool trick into my blog

I also add this awesome tricks into my own blog. I implement it on every a tag or any link-related tag.

Pretty cool, hah... 😎

Thank you for traveling with me πŸš€, I hope you enjoyed the journey πŸ”₯.

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Top comments (2)

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Chittoji Murali Sree Krishna

Good start, πŸ‘

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Amirul Asyraf

Thanks mate. Hope you enjoy it :p