How to add hover events to any React component

p and button tags aren't the only tags that can have hover events!

Thu, 01 Nov 2018

I was playing around with a layout for a project and needed to do something unconventional. Before that day I always thought you could only hover over button and a tags, turns out I was wrong!


For this example we will use a p tag. We set the base colors of the p tag to black and when we hover, we change the color and the cursor to mimic what happens when a button or a tag is hovered.

There are 3 ways that we can achieve this


Styled Components is one of my favorite libraries to use to style html.

yarn add styled-components

npm install styled-components

import styled from 'styled-components';

const HoverText = styled.p`
	color: #000;
	:hover {
		color: #ed1212;
		cursor: pointer;

Further along in the class when its time to use your p tag you want to replace it with our HoverText component. Instead of


You want to use


Thats all, super easy!

Javascript Event Handlers

I wouldn’t use this method for basic cases. Real useful for some more complicated scenarios

constructor(props) {
	this.state = {
		hover: false

toggleHover() {
	this.setState({hover: !this.state.hover})

render {
   var linkStyle;
   if (this.state.hover) {
     linkStyle = {color: '#ed1212',cursor: 'pointer'}
   } else {
     linkStyle = {color: '#000'}
		<p style={linkStyle} onMouseEnter={this.toggleHover} onMouseLeave={this.toggleHover}>Test</p>


The CSS way is similar to styled-components. Inside your css file you just set it up like this

p {
	color: #000;
	:hover {
		color: #ed1212;
		cursor: pointer;
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