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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 :-moz-system-metric(windows-default-theme) CSS pseudo-class matches an element if the user is currently using one of the following themes in Windows: Luna, Royale, Zune, or Aero (i.e., Vista Basic, Vista Standard, or Aero Glass). This will exclude Windows Classic themes as well as third-party themes.

This selector is intended for use mainly by theme developers.

Note: Since Firefox 58, this pseudo-class is no longer available to web content — it is only available internally (e.g. to XUL / chrome code). See bug 1396066 for more details.


HTML Content

<p id="defaultThemes">
  This paragraph should have a green background with Luna/Royale/Zune/Aero
  Windows themes and red with other themes.

<p id="nonDefaultThemes">
  This paragraph should have a green background with Windows Classic or
  third-party themes and red with other themes.

<p id="notSupported">Theme detection is not supported.</p>

CSS Content

#nonDefaultThemes {
  background-color: #FFA0A0;

#defaultThemes:-moz-system-metric(windows-default-theme) {
  background-color: #A0FFA0;

#nonDefaultThemes:not(-moz-system-metric(windows-default-theme)) {
  background-color: #A0FFA0;

#notSupported:not(:-moz-system-metric(windows-default-theme)) {
  display: none;


Not part of any specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support 3.0 (1.9)[1] No support No support No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support ? No support No support No support

[1] Implemented in bug 426660. Changed the behavior of Royale and Zone to work the same as Luna in bug 429176.

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