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    Button style not changing on live preview?

    Asked by joshuarama on July 28, 2017 at 10:01 PM


    I have used CSS to change my submit button style and it looks the way I want but when I view the live form (or use preview) then it changes it. I have attached a screenshot in the builder so you can see the difference.



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    Answered by Charlie on July 29, 2017 at 04:05 AM


    The form and other elements itself has it's own styling, so to properly overwrite them, you need to append "!important" in your CSS code for each properties. 

    I cloned your form and you can check what it looks like here: https://form.jotformpro.com/72091435227958. Below you can see my CSS code and where the "!important" is appended. 


    Here's the direct custom CSS code that my form have for the submit button:

    .form-submit-button {

        margin : 0px 0px 0px 0px !important;

        padding : 15px 90px 15px 90px !important;

        text-align : center !important;

        color : #F3FFF8 !important;

        background : #FF593C !important;

        border-radius : 7px !important;



    .form-submit-button:hover {

        color : #F3FFF8 !important;

        background : #FF593C !important;



    What the "!important" does is it places the specific style property in your CSS code to be the highest priority when loaded by the browser. 

    I hope that helps. 

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    Answered by joshuarama on July 29, 2017 at 04:43 AM
    Thank you for the workaround, but it doesn't make sense to me that there's
    a builder that allows me to edit the CSS and it shows a different version,
    but then it doesn't work when it goes live. What's the point of providing
    the form designer / theme designer if it all it does is show you something
    but then it doesn't work?
    If it's required to add the !important then why doesn't the theme designer
    do it?
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    Answered by Charlie on July 29, 2017 at 06:04 AM


    You are not actually editing the CSS, you are just injecting a custom CSS that would somehow overwrite or be the priority styling of the element when the browser loads. The "Custom CSS" area in the Form Designer Tool is for advanced developers/designers who want to make advanced changes in the form style. The "!important" tag is not required, but it's a quickest way to set the priority of the CSS code on top. Not all developers prefer using the !important tag so it doesn't automatically append on the injected CSS code, others prefer using exact CSS selectors instead of using the !important tag. Another is that we would like our users to freely inject their own CSS code the way they like to. 

    There are a lot of factors as to why your custom CSS code won't load, it may be the theme you are using has a stricter CSS selector which why its own styling becomes a priority and your custom CSS code is being put behind. Other factor include browser support of that specific CSS attribute/property.

    We would like our users to have multiple options to customize their form and problems like this is quite common, but the support team here in the forum page will always be here to help you resolve those issues. If you are still having problems, please let us know. 

    Thank you.