6 Creative Pagination Styles

Pagination is an important design element. Whether we talk about desktop, mobile or web based systems, pagination is needed to navigate content that is displayed on multiple pages. 

Below is a collection of creative pagination styles that can be used while designing an app or site.

1. Highlight Selected Link

The selected link is highlighted to make it prominent among a set of links. 


A change in color displays the selected link different than other links. Darin

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A simple underline effect makes a link prominent from its other siblings. aimée

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An explicit selection highlight color makes it much easier for user to understand the selection. Darin

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An elegant way of highlighting the selected link by using a background color. Trevor

2. Large Number of Links

A large number of links cannot be placed in a pagination control due to limitation of available space.

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A number of dots display between pagination links where the user can click and go to a page. Ifeanyi
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Using Next and Previous control and Dots control, it becomes easier for user to navigate between large number of links. Luis
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Another way of displaying large number of links is to label only few links like First, Last and Selected. Remaining links are displayed as dots and user can select them to go to other pages. Drágus

3. Custom Input

User can provide a link label as input to go directly to that link.

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It provides a better usability option where user can enter label of a link to go that page. Arun


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Another option where user can select an available pagination link. Gabriel

4. Next and Previous Links 

Next and Previous links are used to navigate between links in addition to clicking a link itself.

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Next and Previous links are user friendly options to navigate between next and previous links of a selected link. Ifeanyi

5. Dots Only

At times, when there are lesser number of pagination links, dots can be used instead of labels.

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Dots are good iconic representation of pagination links. Chris

6. Twelve in One

There can be various ways to provide pagination options.

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Twelve usable pagination styles for a designer to select them as per requirements. Dawson


Pagination is a user interaction control that needs to design carefully. The purpose is to provide user a good experience when he is navigating the content using this control. The given collection of styles can be used while designing pagination experience for your site/app.

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3 thoughts on “6 Creative Pagination Styles

  1. Great article !! Like you have mentioned pagination helps to split the contents of a website easily and yeah you have given good collection of pagination styles.


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