The :enabled CSS pseudo-class represents any enabled element. An element is enabled if it can be activated (selected, clicked on, typed into, etc.) or accept focus. The element also has a disabled state, in which it can't be activated or accept focus.

/* Selects any enabled <input> */
input:enabled {
  color: blue;
}

Syntax

:enabled

Example

The following example makes the color of text and button <input>s green when enabled, and gray when disabled. This helps the user understand which elements can be interacted with.

HTML

<form action="url_of_form">
  <label for="FirstField">First field (enabled):</label>
  <input type="text" id="FirstField" value="Lorem"><br>

  <label for="SecondField">Second field (disabled):</label>
  <input type="text" id="SecondField" value="Ipsum" disabled="disabled"><br>

  <input type="button" value="Submit">
</form>

CSS

input:enabled {
  color: #2b2;
}

input:disabled {
  color: #aaa;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
HTML5
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Recommendation Defines the semantics for HTML and forms.
Selectors Level 4
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Working Draft No change.
CSS Basic User Interface Module Level 3
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Links to Selectors Level 3.
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Recommendation Defines the pseudo-class, but not the associated semantics.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 9.0 9.0 3.1
Feature Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 2.1 (Yes) 1.0 (1) 9.0 9.5 3.1

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