The unset CSS keyword resets a property to its inherited value if it inherits from its parent, and to its initial value if not. In other words, it behaves like the inherit keyword in the first case, and like the initial keyword in the second case. It can be applied to any CSS property, including the CSS shorthand all.

Examples

Color

HTML

<p>This text is red.</p>
<div class="foo">
  <p>This text is also red.</p>
</div>
<div class="bar">
  <p>This text is green (default inherited value).</p>
</div>

CSS

.foo {
  color: blue;
}
.bar {
  color: green;
}

p {
  color: red;
}
.bar p {
  color: unset;
}

Result

Border

HTML

<p>This text has a red border.</p>
<div>
  <p>This text has a red border.</p>
</div>
<div class="bar">
  <p>This text has has a black border (initial default, not inherited).</p>
</div>

CSS

div {
  border: 1px solid green;
}

p {
  border: 1px solid red;
}

.bar p {
  border-color: unset;
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 4
The definition of 'unset' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation No changes from Level 3.
CSS Cascading and Inheritance Level 3
The definition of 'unset' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

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ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic supportChrome Full support 41Edge Full support YesFirefox Full support 27IE No support NoOpera Full support YesSafari Full support 9.1WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 27Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support 9.3Samsung Internet Android Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support
No support  
No support

See also

  • Use initial to set a property to its initial value.
  • Use revert to reset a property to the value established by the user-agent stylesheet (or by user styles, if any exist).
  • Use inherit to make an element's property the same as its parent.
  • The all property lets you reset all properties to their initial, inherited, reverted, or unset state at once.

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