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Removing DOM elements with jQuery

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I don't  quite understand how the "remove" method of jQuery is working. I'm trying to remove a HTML element from a DOM node. I have appended this element by using jQuery like this:

    element = $("#templates .window").clone(true);
    $("#desktop").append(element);

Then I try to remove this appended element with this line ("element" is the same object as used in the append-line above):

    $("#desktop").remove(element);

But the result is an error message:

Error: t.substring is not a function
Source File: http://localhost/~k/x3tc/scripts/jquery.js
Line: 1681

In other jquery methods I can use selector expressions and DOM nodes as arguments. But looks like the "remove" method only accepts selector expressions. So how can I remove this node from the DOM? The only reference I have is this "element" variable.
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Question by:kayahr
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jQuery.remove() method, removes the object it refer to.
So, to remove the element you need to use it this way:

element.remove();

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if you were interested in removing #desktop, then you would need to use:
$("#desktop").remove();

in that statement, $("#desktop") first returns a reference to the DOM object that represents #desktop, and once the reference it returned, the remove() method is executed. In your case, the variable "element" already has a reference to the node you wish to remove, so all you need is:
element.remove();

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by:kayahr
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So I just thought to complicated and there was a much easier way. Thanks :-)
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