HTML Links

HTML Links

HTML Hyperlinks (Links)

  • 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> 

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:


<a href="" target="_blank">Visit W3Schools!</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.


  • 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="">
  • Visit the Useful Tips Section</a>



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