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  • Deprecated
  • Not reviewed for accessibility
Please note that the `.tooltipped` component is **deprecated**. We recommend using the [Tooltip component]( instead.

Add tooltips built entirely in CSS to appropriate elements.

Implementation and accessibility

Tooltips as a UI pattern should be our last resort for conveying information because it is hidden by default and often with zero or little visual indicator of its existence.

Before adding a tooltip, please consider: Is this information essential and necessary* Can the UI be made clearer? Can the information be shown on the page by default? And check out alternatives to Tooltips to explore your options.


  • Never use tooltips on static elements. They should only be used on interactive elements, because users cannot tab-focus into static elements, which may make the content inaccessible for keyboard-only users and screen readers.
  • we use aria-label for tooltip contents, because it is crucial that they are accessible to screen reader users. However, aria-label replaces the text content of an element in screen readers, so only use .tooltipped on elements with no existing text content such as an icon-only button.
  • Tooltip classes will conflict with Octicon styles, and as such, must be applied to the parent element instead of the icon.

Tooltip direction

Specify the direction of a tooltip with north, south, east, and west directions:

Tooltip alignment

Align tooltips to the left or right of an element, combined with a directional class to specify north or south. Use a modifier of 1 or 2 to choose how much the tooltip's arrow is indented.

Tooltips with multiple lines

Use .tooltipped-multiline when you have long content. This style has some limitations: you cannot pre-format the text with newlines, and tooltips are limited to a max-width of 250px.

Tooltips with no delay

By default the tooltips have a slight delay before appearing. This is to keep multiple tooltips in the UI from being distracting. There is a .tooltipped-no-delay modifier class you can use to override this.

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Last edited by simurai on December 16, 2022