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I am wondering how to apply styles to the Material UI's underlying Button from the IconButton. For example, in order to change the close icon hover/focus color, I need to currently change the :hover and :focus classes. It seems like there should be an easier way of doing this, the the ButtonBase API docs do in fact provide a class for this: focusVisible. However, nothing I have attempted to try successfully applies this styling.

const useStyles = makeStyles({
  closeButton: {
    "&:hover": { backgroundColor: "yellow" },
    "&:focus": { backgroundColor: "yellow" }

const classes = useStyles();

return (
  <IconButton classes={{
      root: classes.closeButton,
      // This gives a warning that "focusVisible" class doesn't exist
      //   on IconButton (which is true, it comes from ButtonBase).
      focusVisible: classes.closeButton

I can't figure out for the life of me how this should work, as their docs don't mention anything like this that I can find. Any ideas?

Icon Button API Docs Button Base API Docs

Here's the relevant portion of the documentation:

Here's an example of how to do this:

import React from "react";
import { makeStyles } from "@material-ui/core/styles";
import IconButton from "@material-ui/core/IconButton";
import DeleteIcon from "@material-ui/icons/Delete";

const useStyles = makeStyles(theme => ({
  customHoverFocus: {
    "&:hover, &.Mui-focusVisible": { backgroundColor: "yellow" }

export default function IconButtons() {
  const classes = useStyles();

  return (
      <IconButton aria-label="Delete">
        <DeleteIcon />
      <IconButton className={classes.customHoverFocus} aria-label="Delete">
        <DeleteIcon />

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Ryan Cogswell

My solution when the button is focused the icon changes it:

button: {
    color: theme.palette.primary.main,
    "&:hover": {
        "& .MuiSvgIcon-root":{
            color: theme.palette.primary.light,
buttonIcon: {
    color: theme.palette.common.white,

And the components:

  startIcon={<AddIcon className={classes.buttonIcon} />}
  onClick={() => null}

To reduce the global scope you can select the button icon class inside the button.

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