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Vinish Kapoor
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Creating Accent-Color Checkboxes: A Step-by-Step Tutorial

In this tutorial, we will learn how to create accent-color checkboxes using HTML and CSS. Accent-color checkboxes are checkboxes with a custom color that stands out from the standard design. This can be a fun and visually appealing way to enhance your web forms. We will break down the process into simple steps and provide multiple examples to help you understand the concept.


Before we start, make sure you have a basic understanding of HTML and CSS. You will need a text editor for writing code and a web browser to see the results.

Step 1: Setting Up the HTML Structure

First, let's create the basic structure of our checkbox. In your HTML file, add the following code:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
    <meta charset="UTF-8">
    <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="styles.css">
    <title>Accent-Color Checkbox</title>
    <label class="accent-checkbox">
        <input type="checkbox">
        <span class="checkmark"></span>
        Check this box
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In this code, we've created a basic HTML structure with a label, an input checkbox, and a span element for the custom checkmark. We've also linked an external CSS file called styles.css, which we will create next.

Step 2: Styling with CSS

Now, let's add some styles to make our accent-color checkbox visually appealing. Create a new file called styles.css and add the following code:

.accent-checkbox {
    position: relative;
    padding-left: 35px;
    cursor: pointer;
    font-size: 18px;
    user-select: none;

.accent-checkbox input {
    position: absolute;
    opacity: 0;
    cursor: pointer;

.checkmark {
    position: absolute;
    top: 0;
    left: 0;
    height: 25px;
    width: 25px;
    background-color: red; 
    border-radius: 50%;

.accent-checkbox:hover input ~ .checkmark {
    background-color: #4CAF50; 

.accent-checkbox input:checked ~ .checkmark {
    background-color: #4CAF50;
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In this CSS code:

  • We style the label and hide the default checkbox input.
  • We create a custom checkmark using the .checkmark class.
  • We define the accent color, hover color, and checked color.

You can replace these colors with your preferred choices.

Step 3: Testing the Accent-Color Checkbox

Now that we have set up our HTML and CSS, open your HTML file in a web browser. You should see a checkbox with the accent color you specified. When you hover over it or check/uncheck it, the colors will change accordingly.

Example and Explanation

Let's go through a quick example and explanation:


<label class="accent-checkbox">
    <input type="checkbox">
    <span class="checkmark"></span>
    Subscribe to our newsletter
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  • We create a label element with the .accent-checkbox class.
  • Inside the label, we have an input element with type="checkbox".
  • We include a element with the .checkmark class to style our custom checkmark.
  • The text "Subscribe to our newsletter" is placed next to the checkbox.

This example demonstrates how to create an accent-color checkbox for a newsletter subscription form.

You can also check this tutorial to change checkbox color in different style using CSS.


Congratulations! You've learned how to create accent-color checkboxes using HTML and CSS. This tutorial covered the basic structure, styling, and provided examples for your understanding. Feel free to experiment with different colors and styles to match your website's design.

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