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How to select all children of an element except the last child using CSS?

  • Last Updated : 29 Mar, 2019

When designing and developing web applications, sometimes we need to select all the child elements of an element except the last element. To select all the children of an element except the last child, use :not and :last-child pseudo classes.

Syntax:

element:not(:last-child) { 
    // CSS Style
}

Example 1: This example creates a navigation menu separated by right border except the last element.




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
      
<head>
    <title>
        Example to select all children
        except the last
    </title>
      
    <!-- CSS style to create nav bar -->
    <style>
        nav {
            margin: 30px;
        }
        nav a {
            text-transform: capitalize;
            text-decoration: none;
            color: rgba(60, 60, 60);
            font-family: sans-serif;
            padding: 10px 10px;
            margin-top: 30px;
            width: 150px;
            text-align: center;
            display: inline-block;
        }
        nav a:not(:last-child) {
            border-right: 5px solid greenyellow;
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    <nav>
        <a href="#">Home</a>
        <a href="#">About</a>
        <a href="#">Blog</a>
        <a href="#">Geeksforgeeks</a>
        <a href="#">Articles</a>
        <a href="#">Contact Me</a>
    </nav>
</body>
  
</html>                    

Output:
nevigation menu

Example 2: This example creates a navigation menu and uses some CSS property except the last element.




<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
      
<head>
    <title>
        Example to select all children
        except the last
    </title>
      
    <!-- CSS style to create nav bar -->
    <style>
        nav {
            margin: 30px;
        }
        nav a {
            text-transform: capitalize;
            text-decoration: none;
            color: rgba(60, 60, 60);
            font-family: sans-serif;
            padding: 10px 10px;
            margin-top: 30px;
            width: 150px;
            text-align: center;
            display: inline-block;
            border: 2px solid black;
            border-radius: 5px;
        }
        nav a:not(:last-child) {
            background-color:greenyellow;
        }
    </style>
</head>
  
<body>
    <nav>
        <a href="#">Home</a>
        <a href="#">About</a>
        <a href="#">Blog</a>
        <a href="#">Geeksforgeeks</a>
        <a href="#">Articles</a>
        <a href="#">Contact Me</a>
    </nav>
</body>
</html>                    

Output:




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