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Universal (*) Selector

Matches any element type.


HTML * { sRules }
Scripting N/A

Possible Values

sRules String that specifies one or more Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) attribute/value pairs.


The universal selector matches every element in the document tree. If the universal selector is not the only component of a simple selector, the "*" may be omitted. For example:

  • *.myclass and .myclass are equivalent.
  • *#myid and #myid are equivalent.
  • *:hover and :hover are equivalent.


The following style rule draws a thin orange border around every element on the page.

    * { border: 1px solid orange; }

Standards Information

This selector is defined in CSS, Level 2 (CSS2).

See Also

Class Selector, Equality [=] Attribute Selector, Existence [] Attribute Selector, Hyphen [|=] Attribute Selector, ID Selector, Prefix [^=] Attribute Selector, Substring [*=] Attribute Selector, Suffix [$=] Attribute Selector, Type Selector, Whitespace [~=] Attribute Selector