How To Overide Another Class Css Propertyw Ithout Important

CSS Programming

Have you ever encountered a situation where you need to override a CSS property of another class, but you don’t want to use the dreaded “!important” declaration? Trust me, I’ve been there too. In this article, I’ll show you some clever techniques to override CSS properties without using “!important”. So, let’s dive right in!

The Cascade and Specificity

Before we explore ways to override CSS properties, let’s first understand how CSS cascade and specificity work. The CSS cascade determines which styles are applied to an element when there are conflicting styles. Specificity, on the other hand, determines which selector’s styles take precedence over others.

When two classes have conflicting styles, the class with a higher specificity will win. So, in order to override a CSS property without using “!important”, we need to increase the specificity of our selector.

Method 1: Using Parent Class

One way to override a CSS property is by leveraging the power of parent classes. Instead of directly targeting the element, add a parent class to the element and modify the CSS property within that parent class.

.parent-class .element-class {
    property: value;

This way, the parent class’s specificity will be higher than the original class, which allows us to effectively override the CSS property.

Method 2: Using IDs

Another effective way to override a CSS property is by using IDs. IDs have higher specificity than classes, which means they will take precedence over class styles.

#element-id {
    property: value;

By using an ID selector, we can easily override the CSS property without having to resort to using “!important”. However, be cautious while using IDs as they should be unique on a page.

Method 3: Combining Selectors

If the above methods are not suitable for your situation, you can combine selectors to increase specificity. By including multiple selectors, you can create a more specific selector that targets the desired element.

.class1.class2 {
    property: value;

This selector targets elements that have both “class1” and “class2” applied to them. By combining classes, you can increase specificity and override the CSS property you want without using “!important”.


Overriding CSS properties without using “!important” is a common challenge for many developers. But with a good understanding of the CSS cascade and specificity, along with the techniques we’ve discussed in this article, you can override CSS properties effectively and elegantly.

Next time you come across a situation where you need to override a CSS property, try these techniques first before reaching for the “!important” declaration. Happy coding!