How To Override Important Css

When working with CSS, you might come across a situation where a style is not being applied due to the use of !important in another CSS rule. This can be frustrating, especially when trying to override styles from external libraries or frameworks. In this blog post, we’ll discuss different methods to override the !important CSS rule and regain control of your styling.

Understanding !important

The !important rule in CSS is used to give a specific style a higher priority than other styles, even if other selectors have higher specificity. When you add !important to a CSS rule, it tells the browser to prioritize that particular rule above all others. However, if two conflicting styles have the !important keyword, the browser will consider the selector’s specificity to determine which style to apply.

Method 1: Increasing Specificity

The first method to override an !important CSS rule is by increasing the specificity of the selector. The browser calculates the specificity of a selector based on the number of IDs, classes, and elements present. You can increase the specificity by adding more IDs or classes to the selector.

For example, let’s say you have the following CSS:

    .button {
        background-color: blue !important;

To override this style, you can add an additional class or ID to increase specificity:

    #content .button {
        background-color: red !important;

Method 2: Using Inline Styles

Another method to override !important CSS rules is by using inline styles. Inline styles have higher specificity than internal or external styles, so they can easily override any !important rule. However, using inline styles is not recommended for large-scale projects, as it can make your code difficult to maintain and result in style duplication.

Here’s an example of using inline styles to override an !important rule:

    <button class="button" style="background-color: red !important;">Click me</button>

Method 3: Modifying the External Library or Framework

If the !important rule you are trying to override is coming from an external library or framework, you can consider modifying the source code directly. This method is not ideal, as it can cause issues when updating the library or framework. However, if none of the other methods work for your situation, this may be your only option.


Overriding !important CSS rules can be challenging, but it’s essential to know how to regain control over your styles. By increasing the specificity of your selectors, using inline styles, or modifying external libraries or frameworks, you can ensure that your desired styles are applied correctly. Always try to avoid using the !important keyword in your CSS, as it can lead to difficult-to-maintain code and unintended styling issues.