I have a tooltip with a link on it. tooltip with a link

What is the best practice of displaying this tooltip: on click or on hover?

I will still need a clicked version for tablet. Should the popup have a close icon in this case, or can I rely on tapping outside?

Thank you!

  • If you show the tooltip on hover, how is the user going to click on a link in the tooltip?
    – Luciano
    Jul 25, 2018 at 15:13
  • @Luciano, he could hover over, leave a sticky tooltip/popover open and have a close button technically.
    – aly.i.ux
    Jul 25, 2018 at 15:51
  • Poor design do not do it! Jul 26, 2018 at 10:01

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Hover indicates quick passive intake of information. If they need to do something, such as click on a link then it needs to stay open and it should be on click with a close option. It is too hard for people to take actions in purely hover states.

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