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# CSS User Select

Control your Text Selection with CSS πŸŽ‰

It’s been awhile since my last CSS tidbit, so here it is πŸ˜„ You can use user-select to disable text selection (user-select: none). Or you can make it super simple for user to select the text with just one click (user-select: all). This is useful if you’re trying to create an easy text copy & paste experience πŸ‘

/* Select all text with just ONE click */
p {
  user-select: all;
}

/* Disable text selection */
p {
  user-select: none;
}

# Vendor Prefixes

Don't forget your vendor prefixes:

-webkit-user-select
-moz-user-select
-ms-user-select

Note: this is an experimental technology. So check the Browser compatibility table before using it in production.

# Custom CSS Selection Styling

For those wondering how I got the pink highlight. It's using CSS selection styling. See my previous post about it.

CSS Tidbit- Custom CSS Selection Styling

# Community Input

# Using user-select with buttons

CJ J.: I find myself using user-select: none; a lot for buttons and other elements where highlighting the text doesn't make sense. Alternatively this can be achieved by putting the text inside the content: ''; property of a ::before or ::after CSS pseudo element.

Thanks: CJ J.

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