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Toggletips use the disclosure pattern to toggle the visibility of a popover. They display additional, hidden information upon the click of a UI trigger element and can contain interactive elements.

New in v11: Toggletip should be used in place of tooltip if your content will contain interactive elements. If it does not have any interactive content, consider using Tooltip instead.


Toggletips reveal supplemental content when a user clicks a button or another UI element and remains actively open until a user dismisses it. A toggletip is comprised of a UI trigger and the popover component. Use the disclosure pattern to design supplemental content within the component. Toggletips can include a wide variety of information and interactive elements as long as accessibility requirements are maintained including focus order and ensuring all functionality is operable through a keyboard interface.

Overview of toggletip

Toggletips verses Tooltips

Toggletips and tooltips are similar visually and both contain a popover and interactive trigger element. The two components differ in the way they are invoked and dismissed and if the user must interact with the contents. A tooltip is exposed on Hover or Focus when you need to expose brief, supplemental information that is not interactive. A toggletip is used on Click and Enter when you need to expose interactive elements, such as button, that a user needs to interact with.

The exception here is that definition tooltip can be invoked on either Hover or Click depending on use case.

When to use

  • Use when an interactive element must be placed within the popover
  • Use for quick, in context editing
  • Use for filter panels that overlay content
Overview of when to use toggletips

The examples above are patterns. Carbon currently only supports the basic toggletip outlined below. In the future, other toggletip styles will be available.

When to not use

Don’t use to present critical information or request required input needed to complete a workflow. Use the modal component instead.

Live demo

<ToggletipButton label="Additional information">
<Information />
<p>Custom content here</p>


Toggletip anatomy
  1. UI trigger button: Usually a button but as long as the trigger is interactive, it can visually change its shape and size depending on the use case.
  2. Tip: An indicator that is added to a popover container to help show the relationship between the popover and where it was triggered from. Toggletips can utilize no tip, caret tip, or tab tip types.
  3. Content area: Varies based on use case and follows disclosure guidelines.
  4. Popover container: Area that contains text and interactive elements.


The width and height of a popover container can vary depending on the amount of content placed within it. We recommend to not exceed a popover width size of four columns. Refer to the popover component for more specifications.

Toggletip sizing


Toggletips can be used on various part of the UI including, but not limited to, headers, data tables, side panels, modals, and read only cards. When active, the toggletip popover may be positioned top, bottom, left, or right to the UI trigger.

Toggletip placement

Placement of a popover in relation to the trigger depends on the type of popover used. Visit the popover component for specific guidelines for no tip, caret tip, and tab tip types.


Main elements

Heading, body, and footer content can vary based on your use case. To see examples of content used within toggletips, visit the disclosure pattern.

Interactive tooltips may contain rich text and other interactive elements like buttons or links and must remain actively open until a user dismisses the toggletip. Maintain accessibility requirements including focus order and ensure all functionality is operable through a keyboard interface.

Overflow content

Since the toggletip uses the flexible popover component and disclosure pattern, scrolling is usually not needed. If scrolling is needed, in a dropdown like situation for instance, then the body section should scroll vertically with the header and footer remaining fixed in place if those elements are present. Do not scroll horizontally or let content bleed off the page.

Scrolling toggletip example

Example of when to scroll within a toggletip. This example is a pattern and is currently not offered as a component.

Further guidance

For further content guidance, see Carbon’s content guidelines).



The toggletip component has two states—active and inactive. By default, the toggletip is hidden and inactive. Toggletips are displayed on Click and Enter.



Toggletips are triggered on Click and is dismissed by clicking anywhere outside the toggletip’s active popover or UI trigger.


Users can trigger a toggletip by pressing Enter or Space while the trigger element has focus. Users can dismiss a toggletip by pressing Escape. For additional keyboard interactions, see the accessibility tab.

Screen readers

VoiceOver: Users can trigger a toggletip by pressing Enter or Space while the trigger element has focus.

JAWS: Users can trigger a toggletip by pressing Enter or Space while the trigger element has focus.

NVDA: Users can trigger a toggletip by pressing Enter or Space while the trigger element has focus.


Popovers are used as a base layer in some of our components like tooltips, overflow menus, and dropdown menus. For further guidance, see Carbon’s popover component.


Disclosures use popovers as a base layer. Disclosures are comprised of a popover container, text, and interactive elements. Interactive elements are kept in the tab order of the page. Further guidance on the disclosure pattern coming soon.


Tooltips display additional information upon hover or focus. The information included should be contextual, helpful, and nonessential while providing that extra ability to communicate and give clarity to a user.


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