CSS Selectors Class Name Selectors


Example

The class name selector select all elements with the targeted class name. For example, the class name .warning would select the following <div> element:

<div class="warning">
    <p>This would be some warning copy.</p>
</div>

You can also combine class names to target elements more specifically. Let's build on the example above to showcase a more complicated class selection.

CSS

.important {
    color: orange;
}
.warning {
    color: blue;
}
.warning.important {
    color: red;
}

HTML

<div class="warning">
    <p>This would be some warning copy.</p>
</div>

<div class="important warning">
    <p class="important">This is some really important warning copy.</p>
</div>

In this example, all elements with the .warning class will have a blue text color, elements with the .important class with have an orange text color, and all elements that have both the .important and .warning class name will have a red text color.

Notice that within the CSS, the .warning.important declaration did not have any spaces between the two class names. This means it will only find elements which contain both class names warning and important in their class attribute. Those class names could be in any order on the element.

If a space was included between the two classes in the CSS declaration, it would only select elements that have parent elements with a .warning class names and child elements with .important class names.