How do I change the select box arrow


I need your help.

I can't seem to wrap my head around this one and figure it out. How do I change the default Windows 7, IE 10 default arrow in the select box:enter image description here to make it look like this, using the custom arrow below:enter image description here.

Here is the arrow that I desire to use:enter image description here

Here is my HTML markup:

<!DOCTYPE html>
   <style type="text/css">
   select { font: normal 13px Arial; color: #000;}
   .container {
         border: 1px solid red;
         position: relative; width: 124px; height: 18px; overflow: hidden;
   .inpSelect {
        color: black; background: #ffa;
        position: absolute; width: 128px; top: -2px; left: -2px;

<script type="text/javascript">



<div class="container">
    <select class="inpSelect" name="xxx">
        <option value="0" selected="selected">actual browser</option>
        <option value="1">IE</option>
        <option value="2">Firefox</option>
        <option value="3">Opera</option>
        <option value="4">Safari</option>


This question is tagged with html css select

~ Asked on 2014-03-03 17:19:31

The Best Answer is


You can skip the container or background image with pure css arrow:

select {

  /* make arrow and background */

    linear-gradient(45deg, transparent 50%, blue 50%),
    linear-gradient(135deg, blue 50%, transparent 50%),
    linear-gradient(to right, skyblue, skyblue);
    calc(100% - 21px) calc(1em + 2px),
    calc(100% - 16px) calc(1em + 2px),
    100% 0;
    5px 5px,
    5px 5px,
    2.5em 2.5em;
  background-repeat: no-repeat;

  /* styling and reset */

  border: thin solid blue;
  font: 300 1em/100% "Helvetica Neue", Arial, sans-serif;
  line-height: 1.5em;
  padding: 0.5em 3.5em 0.5em 1em;

  /* reset */

  border-radius: 0;
  margin: 0;      
  -webkit-box-sizing: border-box;
  -moz-box-sizing: border-box;
  box-sizing: border-box;

Sample here

~ Answered on 2015-02-02 09:16:04


Working with just one selector:

select {
    width: 268px;
    padding: 5px;
    font-size: 16px;
    line-height: 1;
    border: 0;
    border-radius: 5px;
    height: 34px;
    background: url( no-repeat right #ddd;
    -webkit-appearance: none;
    background-position-x: 244px;


~ Answered on 2014-12-24 20:15:06

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