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I want to change the color of <option> text in a <select> form field.

I used <select name="zones" width="100" style="width: 100px; color: #000;">

It doesn't work, the options color defaults to the default css.

How do I force the color to (black), in this case?

Can I use like <option style="color: #000;">Option Text</option>?

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Question by:Richard Korts
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It won't work that way.  The select is very difficult to manage with stylesheets or even inline styling.  You have to script almost all changes.

I wrote a piece about styling options for options a while back.  It might help you with the problem if you are open to using a little scripting.

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by:Richard Korts
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To Cd&,

Before you answered I tried <option style="color: #000;">; it works, at least in FireFox; I'm not even going to worry about IE right now.

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If you only need Firefox, then you are not bad off.  Chrome is a little wonky, but gets the job done mostly.  With IE it is more a matter of version then anything else.  The version prior to IE10 are a real handful, but IE11 is getting pretty close to the support level of real browsers like FF.

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I'll take my chances with what I did.

According to this http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_stats.asp, Chrome & FireFox account for about 85% of browser usage currently.

If it doesn't work, the only issue is that the option text color is a lighter gray (not black); I don't want to monkey with the overall CSS styling, it's a WordPress site, etc.

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Having the gray as a fallback is all you really need.  It is not necessary ro cater to user of every browser on the planet.  As long as they get a reasonable rendering they are not going to complain.  Most IE users don't know what they are missing, so the gray wil lok like what they expect to see anyway.

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