CSS padding Property


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.


  • 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.

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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