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This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The ::-ms-clear CSS pseudo-element creates a clear button at the edge of an <input type="text"> text control that clears the current value. This pseudo-element is non-standard, supported only in Internet Explorer 10, Internet Explorer 11, and Microsoft Edge.

The clear button is only shown on focused, non-empty text controls. This includes inputs that appear text-like or fall back to type="text". Such inputs include:

Allowable Properties

Only the following CSS properties can be used in a rule with ::-ms-clear in its selector. Other properties are ignored.





  <label for="firstname">First name:</label>
  <input type="text" id="firstname" name="firstname" placeholder="First name">
  <label for="lastname">Last name:</label>
  <input type="text" id="lastname" name="lastname" placeholder="Second name">


label {
  display: block;

input[type=text]::-ms-clear {
  color: red; /* This sets the cross color as red. */
  /* The cross can be hidden by setting the display attribute as "none" */


The following screenshot shows what the feature will look like:


Not part of any specification.

Browser compatibility

Historically supported in Internet Explorer and Edge before version 79.