Maarten Wolfsen Maarten Wolfsen - 1 year ago 72
CSS Question

Remove click function, but keep hover intact

Since my last question was marked as a duplicate, while it was no duplicate, and no-one is changing is back, I will just ask my question again.

I have an

, which has, by default, a on-click function. This
also has a hover, which I would like to keep.

How do I disable the click function, but keep the hover?

P.s., I would love to see a CSS solution!

Important! Last time, my question was marked as a duplicate of this question: Disable link using css, but
is also blocking the hover.

If it is still a duplicate, please mark it as a duplicate of a question that is truly a duplicate.

I forgot to mention, that my hover is made like this:


<div class="container">
<li id="item1"><a href="somelinkthatistherebecauseitis">hoverable object</a></li>
<li id="item2">text object, here comes alot of text explaining certain features of the website.</li>


.container ul #item2 {
display: none;
width: 150px;
padding: 20px;
background: red;
color: white;
cursor: pointer

.container ul #item1 {
pointer-events: none;

.container ul #item1:hover + #item2 {
display: block;

Answer Source

Add pointer-events: none to the a element, then apply the hover to the parent element, targeting the a specifically within that:

span a {

span:hover a {
  color: red;
<span><a href="#">Hello, world!</a></span>

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