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jQuery Methods for Removing Elements

Table of Contents

  • jQuery detach() Method
  • jQuery empty() Method
  • jQuery remove() Method

jQuery detach() Method

The detach() method removes all text and child nodes from the selected elements. It does, however, save data and events.

This method also saves a copy of the elements that have been removed, allowing them to be reinserted later.

Syntax of detach method in jQuery

$(selector).detach()

Example of jQuery detach method

Remove all

elements from the code:

$("button").click(function(){
$("p").detach();
});

Tip 1: Use the remove() method instead to remove the elements, their data, and events.

Tip 1:  Use the empty() method to remove only the content from the selected elements.

jQuery empty() Method

The empty() method clears the selected elements of all child nodes and content. However, the piece itself, as well as its attributes, are not removed by this method.

Syntax of empty method in jQuery

$(selector).empty()

Example of jQuery empty method

Remove all of the

elements content:
$("button").click(function(){
$("div").empty();
});

Tip: Use the detach() method to remove elements without removing data or events.

Tip: Use the remove() method to remove the elements and their data and events.

jQuery remove() Method

The remove() method removes all text and child nodes from the selected elements. 

This method also removes the selected elements' data and events.

Syntax of remove method in jQuery

$(selector).remove(selector)

Example of jQuery remove method

Remove all

elements:

$("button").click(function(){
$("p").remove();
});

Tip: Instead, use the detach() method to remove elements without removing data and events.

Tip: Use the empty() method to remove only the content from the selected elements.

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