How To Override Css Style

When working with CSS, you might come across situations where you need to override a style that has already
been defined. This could be due to a variety of reasons, such as a third-party library having its own styling or
even just reusing a style from another part of your project. In this blog post, we will discuss several methods
you can use to override CSS styles.

1. Inline Styles

One way to override a CSS style is by using an inline style. To do this, simply add the style
attribute directly to the HTML element you want to style. For example, if you have a paragraph that you want to
change the font color for, you can do this:

    <p style="color: red;">This paragraph will be red.</p>

Inline styles have the highest specificity, which means that they will take precedence over any other styles
defined in your external stylesheets or internal style blocks.

2. Add a More Specific Selector

Another way to override a CSS style is by using a more specific selector. This is because the specificity of a
selector determines which styles are applied when there are conflicting declarations. Specificity is calculated
based on the type of selector used and the number of ID, class, and element selectors in the selector.

For example, if you have the following style defined in your stylesheet:

    .some-class {
        color: blue;

To override this style, you can create a more specific selector like this:

    body .some-class {
        color: red;

The new style will take precedence over the original one because it has a higher specificity (one element
selector and one class selector versus just one class selector).

3. Use the !important Keyword

The !important keyword allows you to give a specific style declaration more weight,
essentially forcing it to take precedence over any other declaration with the same specificity. To use it,
simply add the !important keyword after the value and before the semicolon, like this:

    .some-class {
        color: red !important;

Keep in mind that using !important should be a last resort, as it can make your CSS harder to
maintain and debug. It’s generally better to use more specific selectors or inline styles if possible.


Overriding CSS styles is a common task in web development, and there are several methods you can use to achieve
this. Inline styles, more specific selectors, and the !important keyword can all be used to
override styles when needed. However, it’s important to use these techniques judiciously to maintain clean,
easy-to-understand code.