javascript jquery remove span [Solved] jQuery Removing One Word of Text
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javascript jquery remove span [Solved] jQuery Removing One Word of Text

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I’m new to JQuery and really struggling how to perform the query I want.

I’m using SharePoint, and the when using the External Data Column and set it to required field, the error message always appears until you fill in the data. Unlike other type columns where they only appear after you click OK/Save and not filled in the data. Therefore I need to remove the error message text just from these type of columns.

I assume I need to search for span within the .ms-error class that contains the words ‘External Data’ and hide it.

From using IE developer toolbar, I’ve identified the area.

 <table style="border-collapse: collapse;" border="0" cellSpacing="0" cellPadding="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td colSpan="3"> <span > Text - You must specify a value before using the Check button. You can also use Select button to choose External Data. </span> </td> </tr> </tbody>

Please can someone help me with the JQuery.

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asked Jun 26 ’12 at 12:33



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$('"External Data")').hide();

If you know for sure that these span‘s are inside a certain table or a div then target it specifically inside those to make the script perform better.


$('.ms-usereditor"External Data")').hide();

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edited Jun 26 ’12 at 12:46

answered Jun 26 ’12 at 12:35

Moin Zaman


  • i may be wrong, but unless you know the ID of their container this won’t perform any faster than with just the ms-error class selector
    –  jbabey
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:39

  • @jbabey: it should make the selector do less work.
    –  Moin Zaman
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:46

  • Thank you Moin. I swear what you put is what I tried. I did a copy and paste directly from here to my code, and it worked. Thank you.
    –  Cann0nF0dder
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:55

  • @Paul: You’re welcome! It couldn’t have been the same I think. Maybe the double quote inside contains?
    –  Moin Zaman
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:59

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var spans = $('.ms-error');
spans.text(''); // clear the text
spans.hide(); // make them display: none
spans.remove(); // remove them from the DOM completely
spans.empty(); // remove all their content

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answered Jun 26 ’12 at 12:38



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    .empty() and .text('') do the same thing
    –  Moin Zaman
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:43

  • Thank you but this also removes the error messages from other fields that aren’t External data. Such as people picker.
    –  Cann0nF0dder
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:54

  • @MoinZaman if the element only contains 1 text node, yes.
    –  jbabey
    Jun 26 ’12 at 12:54

  • i used .text(' '). Works great because it clears it from the DOM
    –  Casey Robinson
    Jan 29 ’16 at 16:46

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How can I remove everything inside of a <div> using jQuery?

The following is my div. On button click, I want to remove the content inside div:

<div >
<p>Inside div- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside div- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside span- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside span- This is demo text.</p>

Which method should I use in jQuery to achieve this?



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David Meador

David Meador

To remove everything inside a div element, use the remove() method. You can try to run the following code to remove everything inside a <div> element:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<script src=""></script>
<button >Hide the elements inside div</button>
<div >
<p>Inside div- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside div- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside span- This is demo text.</p>
<p>Inside span- This is demo text.</p>

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Remove an Element from an HTML String with jQuery

While working on a project for work today, I encountered a problem that I apparently have never encountered before. What I thought was a very simple function call in jQuery turned out to be a bit more complicated. I needed to removed an HTML element from a string representation of an HTML snippet. jQuery doesn’t quite behave the way I expected and I had trouble finding a solution.

Attempt #1 (Incorrect)

[cc lang=”javascript” escaped=”true”]
var theString = “<p>A string <span>with a span in it</span></p>”;
var theResult = $(“span”, theString).remove().html();
// Returns: ‘with a span in it’

The code above will return the element I want to remove, not the original string with the element removed. Not quite what I want.

Attempt #2 (Incorrect)

[cc lang=”javascript” escaped=”true”]
var theString = “<p>A string <span>with a span in it</span></p>”;
var theResult = $(“span”, theString).remove().end().html();
// Returns: ‘A string’

The code above, at least, gets the reference right, but unfortunatley, jQuery returns the ‘inner’ HTML but what I need is the ‘outer’ HTML. For some reason, it strips the enclosing element and gives me back jut the contents of the element.

Attempt #3 (Incorrect)

[cc lang=”javascript” escaped=”true”]
var theString = “<p>A string <span>with a span in it</span></p>”;
var theResult = $(“span”, theString).remove().end()[0];
// Returns: (Object) [HTMLParagraphElement]

The code above, gives me back the correct result but as the wrong type. This code returns an HTMLParagraphElement object. I can easily append this return value to another element or the document body, but I started with a string and I want to get a string back.

The Solution

I ended up using a little bit of jQuery slight-of-hand to get the result I want. The second incorrect approach above actually does return what I want, but when I call the jQuery.html() method, it returns the innerHTML.
So my approach is to first append the element to a new (temporary) DIV, then call jQuery.html() on the DIV and so get back the full HTML string I started with, minus the element I removed.

[cc lang=”javascript” escaped=”true”]
$.strRemove = function(theTarget, theString)
return $(“<div/>”).append(
$(theTarget, theString).remove().end()

Now I can get exactly the result I expect with the code below.

[cc lang=”javascript” escaped=”true”]
var theString = “<p>A string <span>with a span in it</span></p>”;
var theResult = $.strRemove(“span”, theString);
// Returns: “<p>A string </p>”

Scott Lewis
Developer. Iconographer. Writer.


  1. Nice code. I wondered, can you use the same method with replaceWith? I explain: I have a string containing multiple images I want to replace with their alt attribute.

    Your method can help, but I have some difficulties adapting it, since I think I must use the each() method…

    •  That’s a really good question about replaceWith. I don’t think you need to do what I’ve done here. The whole problem I was trying to solve was that I couldn’t get jQuery to return the string itself. It wants to return a reference to the element that was removed or to the parent element, which is logical but not what I needed. The replaceWith just swaps one element for another so you’re not really concerned with the contents of each element.

  2. LOL. Crazy! This is always when I ask someone else I find the solution. Here is maybe another solution concerning the problem you described without making a function; it works for me. You helped me a lot too. Thank you. :))

    var text = 'some string with &lt;span&gt; span tags &lt;/span&gt; in it';
    text = '&lt;div&gt;' +text + '&lt;/div&gt;'; 
    text = $(text).find('span').remove().end().html();
    • Hi Terence. What you’ve done here is essentially what I was doing programatically. That’s what this line does:

      $(“”).append($(theTarget, theString).remove().end()).html();

      You could do it either way. Thanks for your contribution to the discussion. I’m glad you found the article useful.

  3. Thanks a load! You really saved me many, many hours of trial and error thanks to you (and google)

    • Google: A programmers best friend. 🙂 Glad the code helped out.

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