Jump links

Jump links allow users to navigate to sections within a page.


Elements of a jump link
  1. Active section: current section of the page the user is on.

  2. Inactive section: other sections of the page that the user is not currently on. Clicking on an inactive section will bring the user to the selected section and make the section active.


Jump links provide a way to navigate through section headings on a page without scrolling. The highlighted active section changes as the user scrolls to the next section.


Vertical jump links can be placed either to the left or the right of the content on the page. It is recommended to place the jump links on the left side of the content and remain consistent with the application you are working on. Only use jump links on the right when space allows and when there is an extensive nav on the left; otherwise, consider reverting to the left of the page. In both placements, the visual system is identical, including jump links with subsections. So use either according to your application’s needs.

Example of jump links with subsectionsExample of jump links with subsections

On smaller screen sizes, jump links collapse into an expandable component that is shown above the content. This component can be expanded to display the jump links.

Example jump link in a mobile format


Jump links can be displayed either horizontally or vertically. They can include optional subsections.

As the user scrolls down the page, the active sections are highlighted from top to bottom. This is the recommended variation.

Example of vertical jump link

As the user scrolls down the page, the active sections are highlighted from left to right. A jump link can be displayed left aligned or center aligned and with an optional label.

Example of horizontal jump link

If the page has subsections, they are shown as indented jump links under the parent section. Subsections can be individually selected.

Example of jump links with subsections


For information regarding accessibility, visit the jump links accessibility tab.

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