How can I select complete
  • element in navigation bar when hovered or selected?

  • Tags: html,css,uinavigationbar

    Problem :

    This is how I want the navigation bar, as in :

    How to change the complete color of <li> when hovered on or selected? Any idea on how to get those seperators between those buttons?

    Selection action doesn't work, why? I'm on a particular page and that button on navigation bar is not highlighted. Why and how can I do it?

    Here is my current navigation bar when hovered:

    enter image description here

    Here is my HTML :

              <li><a href="index.html">HOME</a></li>
              <li><a href="how_it_works.html">HOW IT WORKS</a></li>
              <li><a href="get_it.html">GET IT</a></li>
              <li><a href="what_you_can_do.html">WHAT YOU CAN DO</a></li>
              <li><a href="about.html">ABOUT</a></li>     

    Here is my CSS :

    body {
        color : #F9F9F9;
    nav {
        background-color: #26AD60;
        margin: 10px 10px 0px 10px;
    nav ul {
        margin: 0px;
        list-style-type: none;
        padding: 15px 0px 15px 0px;
    nav ul li {
        display: inline;
        padding: 5px 10px 5px 10px;
    nav ul li a:link, nav ul li a:visited {
        color: #F9F9F9;
        border-bottom: none;
        font-weight: bold;
        text-decoration: none;
    nav ul li a:active {
        background-color: #1C8148;
        text-decoration: none;
    nav ul li:hover {
        background-color: #1C8148;
        color: #F9F9F9;

    Solution :

    Its good if you use a:hover and the properties given to it... which allow user to have clickable area been selected and highlighted.

                <li><a href="#">Home</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">About Us</a></li>
                <li><a href="#">project</a></li>


        nav ul{
        nav ul li{
            border-right: 1px dashed rgba(255, 255, 255, 0.25);    
        nav ul li:last-child{
        nav ul li a{
            transition: all 0.25s linear 0s;
           padding: 0px 20px;
           line-height: 50px;
           outline: medium none;
           color: rgb(255, 255, 255);
           text-shadow: none;
           text-transform: uppercase;
        nav ul li a:hover{
           background: #229b56;

    Please check this jsfiddle to see the same.

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