disabled property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

The :disabled CSS pseudo-class represents any disabled element. An element is disabled if it can't be activated (e.g. selected, clicked on or accept text input) or accept focus. The element also has an enabled state, in which it can be activated or accept focus.


Example selectors

Selects all disabled inputs
Targets a select element with class country that is disabled

Usage example

The following CSS:
input[type="text"]:disabled { background: #ccc; }
applied to this HTML5 fragment:
<form action="#">
    <legend>Shipping address</legend>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_firstName" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_lastName" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_address1" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_address2" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_zipCode" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="shipping_town" disabled>
    <legend>Billing address</legend>
      <input type="checkbox" name="billing_is_shipping" value="true" checked>
      Billing address is the same as shipping address
    <input type="text" name="billing_firstName" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="billing_lastName" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="billing_address1" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="billing_address2" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="billing_zipCode" disabled>
    <input type="text" name="billing_town" disabled>
Will result in all text elements in the billing fieldset having a light grey background.


Desktop browsers

FeatureChromeFirefox (Gecko)Internet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1.01.0 (1.7 or earlier)

Mobile browsers

FeatureAndroidFirefox Mobile (Gecko)IE MobileOpera MobileSafari Mobile
Basic support2.11.0 (1)

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