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getComputedStyle method

Returns a currentStyle object containing the Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) settings that are applied to the specified element or a pseudo-element related to the specified element.

Document Object Model (DOM) Level 2 Style Specification, Section 2.2.1



var ppComputedStyle = window.getComputedStyle(varArgIn, bstrPseudoElt);


varArgIn [in]


The element that contains the desired style settings.

bstrPseudoElt [in]

Type: String

The name of a CSS pseudo-element or a null value.

Return value

Type: IHTMLW3CComputedStyle

A currentStyle object that contains the CSS settings applied to the desired object.

The settings in the ppComputedStyle object account for all applicable style rules and represent the final values for the various CSS properties applied to the specified object.

Standards information


When the bstrPseudoElt is set to a value other than null, the value is interpreted as a CSS pseudo-element with respect to the object specified in the varArgIn parameter.

See also