Style font Property

Style Object Reference Style Object


Set the font for a <p> element:

document.getElementById("myP").style.font = "italic bold 20px arial,serif";
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Definition and Usage

The font property sets or returns up to six separate font properties, in a shorthand form.

With this property, you can set/return the following (in this order):

  • font-style
  • font-variant
  • font-weight
  • font-size
  • line-height
  • font-family

The font-size and font-family are required. If one of the other values are missing, the default values will be inserted, if any.

The properties above can also be set with separate style properties. The use of separate properties is highly recommended for non-advanced authors for better controllability.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The font property is supported in all major browsers.


Return the font property:


Set the font property:

object.style.font="font-style font-variant font-weight font-size/line-height|caption|icon|menu|

Property Values

Value Description
style Sets the font-style
variant Sets the text in a small-caps font
weight Sets the boldness of the font
size Sets the size of the font
lineHeight Sets the distance between lines
family Sets the font face
caption The font used for captioned controls (like buttons, drop-downs, etc.)
icon The font used to label icons
menu The font used in menus
message-box The font used in dialog boxes
small-caption The font used in small controls
status-bar The font used in window status bars
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Technical Details

Default Value: not specified
Return Value: A String, representing different font properties of the element
CSS Version CSS1

More Examples


Return the font of a <p> element:

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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Font

CSS reference: font property

Style Object Reference Style Object