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-filter CSS property is a Microsoft extension that sets or retrieves the filter or collection of filters applied to an object.

Important: As of Windows Internet Explorer 9 this feature was deprecated. As of Internet Explorer 10 this feature was removed and should no longer be used.

Initial value"" (the empty string)
Applies toall elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


The -ms-filter property is specified as a string that contains a list of one or more items, separated by spaces, of the following types:

Formal syntax


The <string> contains the list of filters, transitions, and procedural surfaces. Refer to the Filters and Transitions Reference for details.


The following example shows how to use the -ms-filter attribute in Internet Explorer 8.

Code example: http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/samples/author/dhtml/refs/filter_8.htm

-ms-filter: 'progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.MotionBlur(strength=50), progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.BasicImage(mirror=1)';

The following example shows how to use an inline style sheet to set the filter on an image.

Code example: http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/samples/author/dhtml/refs/filter_h.htm

<img style="filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.MotionBlur(strength=50)
    height="80px" width="80px" alt="cone">

The following example shows how to use scripting to set the filter on an image.

Code example: http://samples.msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/samples/author/dhtml/refs/filter_s.htm

  <p>Click the image to start the filter.</p>
  // Call the function.
  <div id="filterFrom" 
      style="position: absolute; 
            width: 200px; 
            height: 250px; 
            background-color: white; 
            filter: revealTrans()">
    <img id="imageFrom" 
         style="position: absolute; 
                top: 20px; 
                left: 20px;" 
    <div id="filterTo" 
         style="position: absolute; 
                width: 200px; 
                height: 250px; 
                top: 20px; 
                left: 20px; 
                background: white; 
                visibility: hidden;">
  <script type="text/javascript">
  let filterImg = document.querySelector('#filterFrom');
  filterImg.addEventListener('click', doFilter);  

  function doFilter () {
    filterFrom.filters.item(0).Apply(); // 12 is the dissolve filter.
    imageFrom.style.visibility = "hidden";
    filterTo.style.visibility = "";


Not part of any specification.


The following table lists the most popular DX Filters and their standards-based alternatives:

DX Filter Standards-based Alternative
Alpha opacity
AlphaImageLoader <img> or background-image and related properties
Gradient background-image: linear-gradient()
DropShadow text-shadow or box-shadow
Matrix transform, transform-origin

In Windows Internet Explorer 8, the -ms-filter attribute is an extension to CSS, and can be used as a synonym for filter in IE8 Standards mode. When you use -ms-filter, enclose the progid in single quotes (') or double quotes ("). Use commas (,) to separate multiple values, as shown in the Examples section.

An object must have layout for the filter to render. A simple way to accomplish this is to give the element a specified height and width, or both.

The shadow filter can be applied to the <img> object by setting the filter on the image's parent container.

The filter mechanism is extensible and enables you to develop and add filters later. For more information about filters, see Introduction to Filters and Transitions.

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