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;




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.


<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">


input:enabled {
  color: #2b2;

input:disabled {
  color: #aaa;



Specification Status Comment
HTML Living Standard
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Living Standard No change.
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.
Selectors Level 3
The definition of ':enabled' in that specification.
Recommendation Defines the pseudo-class, but not the associated semantics.

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
:enabled 1 12 1 9 9 3.1
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
:enabled 2 18 4 10.1 3.1 1.0

See also

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