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<input> elements of type "reset"  are rendered as reset buttons — clicking one will reset all the inputs in the form it is part of to their initial values.

<input type="reset" value="Reset the form">

Note: It is generally not recommended to include reset buttons in your forms. They are rarely useful, and often cause frustration when accidentally pressed instead of the submit button.

Value A DOMString used as the button's label
Events click
Supported common attributes type, and value
IDL attributes value
Methods None


An <input type="reset"> elements' value attribute contains a DOMString that is used as the button's label.

<input type="reset" value="Reset the form">

If you don't specify a value, you get an button with the default label Reset:

<input type="reset">

Using reset buttons

<input type="reset"> buttons are used to reset forms. If you want to create a custom button and then customize the behaviour using JavaScript, you need to use <input type="button">, or better still, a <button> element.

A simple reset button

We'll begin by creating a simple reset button:

    <label for="example">Type in some sample text</label>
    <input id="example" type="text">
    <input type="reset" value="Reset the form">

This renders like so:

Try entering some text into the text field, and then pressing the reset button.

Adding a reset keyboard shortcut

Keyboard shortcuts, also known as access keys and keyboard equivalents, let the user trigger a button using a key or combination of keys on the keyboard. To add a keyboard shortcut to a reset button — just as you would with any <input> for which it makes sense — you use the accesskey global attribute.

In this example, r is specified as the access key (you'll need to press r plus the particular modifier keys for your browser/OS combination; see accesskey for a useful list of those).

    <label for="example">Type in some sample text</label>
    <input id="example" type="text">
    <input type="reset" value="Reset the form"

Note: The problem with the above example of course is that the user will not know what the access key is! In a real site, you'd have to provide this information in a way that doesn't intefere with the site design (for example by providing an easily accessible link that points to information on what the site accesskeys are).

Disabling and enabling a reset button

To disable a reset button, simply specify the disabled global attribute on it, like so:

<input type="reset" value="Disabled" disabled>

You can enable and disable buttons at run time by simply setting disabled to true or false; in JavaScript this looks like btn.disabled = true.

Note: See the <input type="button"> page for more ideas about enabling/disabling buttons.

Note: Firefox will, unlike other browsers, by default, persist the dynamic disabled state of a <button> across page loads. Use the autocomplete attribute to control this feature.


Buttons don't participate in constraint validation; they have no real value to be constrained.


We've included simple examples above. There isn't really anything more to say about reset buttons. 


Specification Status
HTML Living Standard
The definition of '<input type="reset">' in that specification.
Living Standard
The definition of '<input type="reset">' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) (Yes) (Yes) 1.0
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) 4.0 (4.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

See also

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