The ::slotted() CSS pseudo-element represents any element that has been placed into a slot inside an HTML template (see Using templates and slots for more information).

This only works when used inside CSS placed within a shadow DOM. Note also that this selector won't select a text node placed into a slot; it only targets actual elements.

/* Selects any element placed inside a slot */
::slotted(*) {
  font-weight: bold;

/* Selects any <span> placed inside a slot */
::slotted(span) {
  font-weight: bold;


::slotted(<compound-selector>) {
  /* ... */


Highlighting slotted elements

The following snippets are taken from our slotted-pseudo-element demo (see it live also).

In this demo we use a simple template with three slots:

<template id="person-template">
    <h2>Personal ID Card</h2>
    <slot name="person-name">NAME MISSING</slot>
      <li><slot name="person-age">AGE MISSING</slot></li>
      <li><slot name="person-occupation">OCCUPATION MISSING</slot></li>

A custom element — <person-details> — is defined like so:

  class extends HTMLElement {
    constructor() {
      let template = document.getElementById("person-template");
      let templateContent = template.content;

      const shadowRoot = this.attachShadow({ mode: "open" });

      let style = document.createElement("style");
      style.textContent =
        "div { padding: 10px; border: 1px solid gray; width: 200px; margin: 10px; }" +
        "h2 { margin: 0 0 10px; }" +
        "ul { margin: 0; }" +
        "p { margin: 10px 0; }" +
        "::slotted(*) { color: gray; font-family: sans-serif; } ";


You'll see that when filling the style element with content, we select all slotted elements (::slotted(*)) and give them a different font and color. This allows them to stand out better next to the slots that haven't been successfully filled.

The element looks like this when inserted into the page:

  <p slot="person-name">Dr. Shazaam</p>
  <span slot="person-age">Immortal</span>
  <span slot="person-occupation">Superhero</span>


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# slotted-pseudo

Browser compatibility

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See also