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    Is it possible to differ the color of the selected option and the other options in the Dropdown field?

    Asked by MaidCrew on November 17, 2016 at 09:00 AM

    Is it possible to have the font-color of the text within the "Show Text in Empty Option" be grey, but once the option is selected, the font-color changes to black

    I've read through:


    but the problem is that the text used for "show text in empty option" is not a true placeholder, so placeholder css rules don't apply.

    Again, BEFORE someone selects an option within a dropdown, the font-color needs to be grey. Once an option is selected, the font-color nees to be black.

    Is this possible?

    Thanks in advance

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    Answered by Welvin on November 17, 2016 at 12:38 PM

    You can target the option and then the dropdown. However, this method will also make the Empty Value text as black so the default will always be black.

    You can inject teh following custom CSS codes:

    option {

        color : gray;


    select {

        color : black !important;


    The result will be like this:



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    Answered by MaidCrew on November 17, 2016 at 01:28 PM

    Okay... so just to make sure I understand, there is no way to make the Empty Value text grey while allowing the option selected to be black.

    I wasn't sure if the Empty Value text was a separated element (apart from the option element) capable of being manipulated with CSS like a placeholder element?

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    Answered by Welvin on November 17, 2016 at 02:10 PM

    The given codes will do it. However, the empty option text will also turn into black, as if you have it selected. Here's my test form: https://www.jotform.com/63214963852965. The dropdown doesn't have the option to set a normal hint example or placeholder. It's the text empty option, it has no value in the HTML but listed as options.