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CSS left Property


Example

Set the left edge of the image 5px to the right of the left edge of its containing element:

img {
    position: absolute;
    left: 5px;
}

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Definition and Usage

For absolutely positioned elements, the left property sets the left edge of an element to a unit to the left/right of the left edge of its containing element.

For relatively positioned elements, the left property sets the left edge of an element to a unit to the left/right to its normal position.

Note: If "position:static", the left property has no effect.

Default value: auto
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes. Read about animatable Try it
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: object.style.left="100px" Try it

Browser Support

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

Property
left 1.0 5.5  1.0 1.0  5.0

CSS Syntax

left: auto|length|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
auto Lets the browser calculate the left edge position. This is default Play it »
length Sets the left edge position in px, cm, etc. Negative values are allowed Play it »
% Sets the left edge position in % of containing element. Negative values are allowed 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 Positioning

CSS reference: right property

CSS reference: bottom property

CSS reference: top property

HTML DOM reference: left property



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