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Remove blue border from css custom-styled button in Chrome

Asked 8 years ago
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I'm working on a web page, and I want custom-styled <button> tags. So with CSS, I said: border: none. Now it works perfectly in safari, but in chrome, when I click one of the buttons, it puts an annoying blue border around it. I thought button:active { outline: none } or button:focus { outline:none } would work, but neither do. Any ideas?

This is what it looks like before being clicked (and how I want it to still look after being clicked):

And this is the border I'm talking about:

Remove blue border from css custom-styled button in Chrome

Here is my CSS:

button.launch {
    background-color: #F9A300;
    border: none;
    height: 40px;
    padding: 5px 15px;
    color: #ffffff;
    font-size: 16px;
    font-weight: 300;
    margin-top: 10px;
    margin-right: 10px;
}

button.launch:hover {
    cursor: pointer;
    background-color: #FABD44;
}

button.change {
    background-color: #F88F00;
    border: none;
    height: 40px;
    padding: 5px 15px;
    color: #ffffff;
    font-size: 16px;
    font-weight: 300;
    margin-top: 10px;
    margin-right: 10px;
}

button.change:hover {
    cursor: pointer;
    background-color: #F89900;
}

button:active {
    outline: none;
    border: none;
}

asked 8 years ago

Correct Answer

Doing this is not recommended as it regresses the accessibility of your site; for more info, see this post.

That said, if you insist, this CSS should work:

button:focus {outline:0;}

Check it out or JSFiddle: http://jsfiddle.net/u4pXu/

Or in this snippet:

button.launch {
background-color: #F9A300;
border: none;
height: 40px;
padding: 5px 15px;
color: #ffffff;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: 300;
margin-top: 10px;
margin-right: 10px;
}

button.launch:hover {
cursor: pointer;
background-color: #FABD44;
}

button.launch {
background-color: #F9A300;
border: none;
height: 40px;
padding: 5px 15px;
color: #ffffff;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: 300;
margin-top: 10px;
margin-right: 10px;
}

button.launch:hover {
cursor: pointer;
background-color: #FABD44;
}

button.change {
background-color: #F88F00;
border: none;
height: 40px;
padding: 5px 15px;
color: #ffffff;
font-size: 16px;
font-weight: 300;
margin-top: 10px;
margin-right: 10px;
}

button.change:hover {
cursor: pointer;
background-color: #F89900;
}

button:active {
outline: none;
border: none;
}

button:focus {outline:0;}
<button class="launch">Launch with these ads</button> 
<button class="change">Change</button>
answered 3 years ago

Other Answer

Wait! There's a reason for that ugly outline!

Before removing that ugly blue outline, you may want to take accessibility into consideration. By default, that blue outline is placed on focusable elements. This is so that users with accessibility issues are able to focus that button by tabbing to it. Some users do not have the motor skills to use a mouse and must use only the keyboard (or some other input device) for computer interaction. When you remove the blue outline, there is no longer a visual indicator on what element is focused. If you are going to remove the blue outline, you should replace it with another type of visual indication that the button is focused.

Possible Solution: Darken Buttons when focused

For the examples below, Chrome's blue outline was first removed by using button:focus { outline:0 !important; }

Here are your basic Bootstrap buttons as they appear normally: Bootstrap Buttons in Normal State

Here are the buttons when they receive focus: Bootstrap Buttons in Focused State

Here the buttons when they are pressed: Remove blue border from css custom-styled button in Chrome

As you can see, the buttons are a little darker when they receive focus. Personally, I would recommend making the focused buttons even darker so that there is a very noticeable difference between the focused state and the normal state of the button.

It's not just for disabled users

Making your site more accessible is something that is often overlooked but can help create a more productive experience in your website. There are many normal users that use keyboard commands to navigate through websites in order to keep hands on the keyboard.

answered 8 years ago