Popover is a container that floats over page content after pressing a trigger element. It contains supplemental content related to its trigger, and can be customized to include text, images, and interactions.


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When to use

Popover is similar to tooltip and drawer but are not used for the same purpose. Identifying the right use case will make the experience clear for all users, particularly for those with cognitive and learning disabilities, or those using screen readers.

ComponentUse case
PopoverPopover is a container that displays supplemental information after pressing its trigger element. They can contain limited interactions with its content, but should not contain actions that are required for the experience.
TooltipTooltip is a container that temporarily displays a short, text-only definition and is activated when a user hovers or focuses on an icon or other trigger. Limit tooltip content to short descriptions written in sentence case. If content is a full sentence, use punctuation.
DrawerDrawer is a secondary content component that sits off-screen until triggered by the user. It can contain multiple interactive elements and extensive content.


Popovers can contain up to four elements:

  1. Popover title: indicates the popover’s purpose.
  2. Pointer: directs user’s attention to the source element that triggered the popover.
  3. Dismiss icon: to close the popover.
  4. Body: area for text, images, links, and other content.


Popover article

Read the Nielsen Norman Group's article on popup/popover.

Timing guidelines

Read the Nielsen Norman Group's article on popover's timing.