CSS padding Property


Example

Set the padding of a <p> element:

p {
    padding: 2cm 4cm 3cm 4cm;
}

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Definition and Usage

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

Examples:

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

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

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

  • padding:10px;
    • all four paddings are 10px

Note: Negative values are not allowed.

Default value: 0
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes, see individual properties. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax: object.style.padding="100px 20px" Try it

Browser Support

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

Property
padding  1.0 4.0 1.0 1.0 3.5

CSS Syntax

padding: length|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
length Specifies the padding in px, pt, cm, etc. Default value is 0 Play it »
% Specifies the padding in percent of the width of the containing element 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 Padding

CSS tutorial: CSS Box Model

HTML DOM reference: padding property




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