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-browse CSS pseudo-element represents the button to open the file picker of an <input> of type="file".

Note: Not every property can be used within this pseudo-element. There is a list of allowed properties on the MSDN documentation.


HTML content

<label>Select image: <input type="file"></label>

CSS content

  color: red;
  background-color: yellow;

Live Output

Output example


Not part of any specification, though Microsoft has a description of ::-ms-browse on MSDN.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support No support 10 No support No support
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support No support No support No support No support

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