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.

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

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Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support No support (Yes) 10.0 [1] 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] In an <input type="text"> element styled with text-align: right, if the clear button is shown, it will clip off the right edge of the text value of the input type="text"> element. A workaround is to hide the clear button using display: none.

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