How to remove “X” from search input field on Chrome and IE

On input fields that are type “search” on HTML5 browsers add some a little blue “X” at top right side that is actually a clear button. It would clear user search input if user clicks on that “X” or if he presses ESC on keyboard. It’s a useful feature, to be sure, but for some stylish search forms it just doesn’t fit and can look quite ugly. While working on one project this became a problem and I was a looking for a way to disable it?

Here’s how it looks like on average field:
input type search with X
Well doesn’t look bad but if you style that box a bit it can look quite ugly…

The first solution was to simply replace type=”search” with type=”text” but that would be just too easy. And why the hell they added search type if I can’t use it! So I was looking for some other solutions. Clearly different browsers have different approaches.

To remove “X” from all search input fields in IE, simply add this to bottom of your css:

input[type=text]::-ms-clear {  display: none; width : 0; height: 0; }
input[type=text]::-ms-reveal {  display: none; width : 0; height: 0; }

To remove “X” from search input field on Chrome Browser (and all it’s mutations), simply add this to bottom of your css:

input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-decoration,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-cancel-button,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-results-button,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-results-decoration { display: none; }

The following CSS code should remove that clear button on all search fields on page:

input[type=text]::-ms-clear {  display: none; width : 0; height: 0; }
input[type=text]::-ms-reveal {  display: none; width : 0; height: 0; }
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-decoration,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-cancel-button,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-results-button,
input[type="search"]::-webkit-search-results-decoration { display: none; }

I have tested this in following browsers IE, Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Added on May 26th 2014:
I have discovered another Chrome bug/issue that is really annoying in case you have a custom design and you don’t want Chrome to mess with it at all. It happens on all auto-complete forms where Chrome adds yellow background color to the autocomplete fields. Sample picture from WordPress loign page (but it happens on other fields too):

chrome yellow field bug

The solution is easy and all you need to do is to add this code into your CSS and change the color (if needed):

input:-webkit-autofill {
-webkit-box-shadow:0 0 0 50px #ffffff inset;
}

Useful links that can help you solve this problem:

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Tags: google search box x