A disabled state is applied to a component when the user is not allowed to interact with the component due to either permissions, dependencies, or pre-requisites. Disabled states completely remove the interactive function of a component.

Disabled variations

Default disabledCannot be clicked, selected or interacted with. It is not read by a screen reader and takes on the default disabled visual style.
Read-onlyThe user cannot interact with it but content is still readable and accessible to a screen reader. The visual style should contain no interactive indicators such as $interactive-01, hover states, or text embellishments (i.e., underlines).
HiddenThe component is completely hidden from view. The user does not know the option is there.

Default disabled

A default disabled state is used when a component is temporarily disabled due to dependencies (when one piece of software relies on another one) or pre-requisites. This scenario is a temporary state change that is most commonly triggered by a user’s action or inaction. Once the dependencies have been resolved and/or the pre-requisites have been fulfilled, the default disabled component returns to its enabled state. In a temporarily disabled scenario the component should never fully disappear from the user’s view.

Default disabled example on the right


Default disabled states are most commonly styled by a decrease in opacity with no hover state change and not-allowed cursor applied. Refer to each individual component for the accurate disabled state.

AttributeDefault disabled style
Component50% opacity
Text25% opacity
Icons50% opacity

Default disabled style examples

Additional warning

An inline warning notification can be shown in cases where a temporarily disabled item affects multiple items or the primary action of the flow. The notification should describe how the user can enable or re-enable the disabled component.

Additional warning with default disabled example


In scenarios where the content of a disabled component or element is still relevant to the user or important to task completion, then the read-only variation is used. This allows the user to read the information but not interact with or change it. Read-only content should always be accessible to a screen reader.


The visual style of the read-only states vary by component but should never contain any interactive indicators such as $brand-01 color usage, hover states, or text embellishments (i.e., underlines).


The hidden disabled variation is used when something or someone does not have permission to view, interact with, or take action on an element of the UI. This variation completely hides the component, page, action, etc. from the user’s interface. The only way to enable the hidden element and have it resurfaced on the UI is to change the assigned permission.

For example, when a user is the organization owner they are allowed to add members to the organization. Any users that are not an organization owner would not be shown the “Add member” button on a team directory page. Once the user is made an organization owner, then and only then will the button be visible.

Example of hidden disabled content on the right