Vanilla JavaScript Removing an Element

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Yesterday we started building a Vanilla JavaScript Drag 'n Drop editor. We just couldn't remove the elements we added, so let's look into adding a remove button and the function to remove an element.

We don't need to make HTML changes, so let's get started on the CSS first.

CSS Changes permalink

.comp-remove {
position: absolute;
color: red;
top: calc(50% - 12px);
right: 15px;
font-weight: bold;
cursor: pointer;
pointer-events: all;

We will add a div with the class comp-remove, which is the styling. It will sit on the right side of the component and be centered vertically.

Vanilla JavaScript Remove Element permalink

Inside our onDrop function, we are going to add the following after we define our const clone:

const clone = draggableElement.cloneNode(true);

// New
const remove = document.createElement('div');
remove.innerHTML = 'X';

Then at the bottom, we will add the function that will go off once we click this new element.

function (event) {
// If the clicked element doesn't have the right selector, bail
if (!'.comp-remove')) return;
// Don't follow the link
// Get the parent element
const parent =;
// Delete the actual table parent;

We saw this way of adding a eventListener, and we listen to the specific comp-remove element. Then we get the parent element and that parent again (this is the dropzone element). We then say it should removeChild off the component.

You can try this out on this Codepen.

See the Pen Vanilla JavaScript Drag 'n Drop - Delete by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

Or see if on GitHub.

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