I can't believe this has not been asked, but I can't find it, so here it goes.

The save draft feature is cool, but I had a question that I figured out half way through. It would be nice to have a clear button to clear out all the input.

It is not that it is very hard to go and manually clear out the title, question and tags, but the feature of the drafts seems incomplete without it.

If there is a clear button that I could not see please point it out to me.

  • It's never been asked as a clear-cut feature-request, but there was one question asking if it was possible. Thus to answer your final sentence, no there is no existing method to clear everything.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 15:44
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    Have to favorite this so I can [feature-request] restoring the fields after I accidentally hit the clear button.
    – Gnome
    Commented Oct 20, 2010 at 15:50
  • Arrrg, they've removed the option to manually save now. I've put in a request to effectively add a save button now, clearing is included too. :) Commented Nov 11, 2010 at 9:19
  • Watch out. My question about the same (or very very similar) issue has been declined. Commented Feb 21, 2011 at 8:57

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Per Manually clear saved question drafts .

For those fastidious about clearing drafts (for whatever reason) this will be available in the next build.

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Also available on answer drafts


There is no clear button.

BUT I have written a UserScript that adds one:

Manual Draft Save - Save a draft on demand


Your answer (question) draft will be cleared anyway as you start writing a new answer (question). There's only one answer (question) draft per user per site at any one time.

  • To be very precise: one draft for questions, and another for answers, and I think this is per site (not shared among sites for a single user). And I guess the draft will only be cleared when the new one is saved after 45 seconds?
    – Arjan
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 10:41
  • @Arjan Thanks, fixxord.
    – badp
    Commented Mar 23, 2011 at 10:46


wrong, bad, wrong, bad.

Why would you need this? In 1996 they used to have a Reset Form button on every web form. People stopped doing that around 2000 or so. Why are you trying to turn stackoverflow into a time machine?

reset form

Jakob Nielson wrote about this too. This has no use and if you accidentally click it you will lose your work. Don't add this.

I really see this "feature" anyway as an excuse not to build out the drafts feature. The button doesn't even match - it's hacky and I don't like it.

  • On Stack Exchange, there's a nice confirmation when clicking "discard": Are you sure you want to discard your draft?
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 19:00
  • No! It's wrong! The button shouldn't even be there!
    – bobobobo
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 22:06
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    Big difference between a "reset form" button on a singe entry form and a clear button for something that persists over time.
    – Vaccano
    Commented Apr 15, 2012 at 22:36
  • Oh, oh, a downvote?? Oh that doesn't mean I'm wrong.
    – bobobobo
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 14:18
  • True, a downvote doesn't mean you're wrong, but having to use that much bold is not making your case very strong. ;-)
    – Arjan
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 17:02
  • @Arjan ______NO_______
    – bobobobo
    Commented Apr 16, 2012 at 21:14

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