CSS margin Property


Set all the four margins of a <p> element:

p {
    margin: 2cm 4cm 3cm 4cm;

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Definition and Usage

The margin shorthand property sets all the margin properties in one declaration. This property can have from one to four values.


  • margin:10px 5px 15px 20px;
    • top margin is 10px
    • right margin is 5px
    • bottom margin is 15px
    • left margin is 20px

  • margin:10px 5px 15px;
    • top margin is 10px
    • right and left margins are 5px
    • bottom margin is 15px

  • margin:10px 5px;
    • top and bottom margins are 10px
    • right and left margins are 5px

  • margin:10px;
    • all four margins are 10px

Note: Negative values are allowed.

Default value: 0
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes, see individual properties. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax: object.style.margin="100px 50px" Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

margin 1.0 6.0 1.0 1.0  3.5

CSS Syntax

margin: length|auto|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
length Specifies a margin in px, pt, cm, etc. Default value is 0 Play it »
% Specifies a margin in percent of the width of the containing element Play it »
auto The browser calculates a margin Play it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial Play it »
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Margin

CSS tutorial: CSS Box Model

HTML DOM reference: margin property




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