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Style letterSpacing Property

Style Object Reference Style Object

Example

Set the space between characters in a <p> element to 15 pixels:

document.getElementById("myP").style.letterSpacing="15px";

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Definition and Usage

The letterSpacing property sets or returns the space between characters in a text.

Tip: To set or return the spacing between words in a text, use the wordSpacing property.


Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The letterSpacing property is supported in all major browsers.


Syntax

Return the letterSpacing property:

object.style.letterSpacing

Set the letterSpacing property:

object.style.letterSpacing="normal|length|initial|inherit"

Property Values

Value Description
normal Normal space between characters. This is default
length Defines the space in length units. Negative values are allowed
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: normal 
Return Value: A String, representing the space between characters in the text
CSS Version CSS1


More Examples

Example

Using negative values:

document.getElementById("myP").style.letterSpacing="-2px";

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Example

Return the letter spacing of a <p> element:

alert(document.getElementById("myP").style.letterSpacing);

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Example

Difference between the letterSpacing property and the wordSpacing property:

function changeLetters()
{
document.getElementById("myP1").style.letterSpacing="15px";
}
function changeWords()
{
document.getElementById("myP2").style.wordSpacing="15px";
}

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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Text

CSS reference: letter-spacing property


Style Object Reference Style Object

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