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CSS Text Decoration


CSS Text Decoration

In this chapter you will learn about the following properties:

  • text-decoration-line
  • text-decoration-color
  • text-decoration-style
  • text-decoration-thickness
  • text-decoration

Add a Decoration Line to Text

The text-decoration-line property is used to add a decoration line to text.

Tip: You can combine more than one value, like overline and underline to display lines both over and under a text.

Example

h1 {
  text-decoration-line: overline;
}

h2 {
  text-decoration-line: line-through;
}

h3 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
}

p {
  text-decoration-line: overline underline;
}
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Note: It is not recommended to underline text that is not a link, as this often confuses the reader.


Specify a Color for the Decoration Line

The text-decoration-color property is used to set the color of the decoration line.

Example

h1 {
  text-decoration-line: overline;
  text-decoration-color: red;
}

h2 {
  text-decoration-line: line-through;
  text-decoration-color: blue;
}

h3 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-color: green;
}

p {
  text-decoration-line: overline underline;
  text-decoration-color: purple;
}
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Specify a Style for the Decoration Line

The text-decoration-style property is used to set the style of the decoration line.

Example

h1 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: solid;
}

h2 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: double;
}

h3 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: dotted;
}

p.ex1 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: dashed;
}

p.ex2 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: wavy;
}

p.ex3 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-color: red;
  text-decoration-style: wavy;
}
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Specify the Thickness for the Decoration Line

The text-decoration-thickness property is used to set the thickness of the decoration line.

Example

h1 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-thickness: auto;
}

h2 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-thickness: 5px;
}

h3 {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-thickness: 25%;
}

p {
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-color: red;
  text-decoration-style: double;
  text-decoration-thickness: 5px;
}
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The Shorthand Property

The text-decoration property is a shorthand property for:

  • text-decoration-line (required)
  • text-decoration-color (optional)
  • text-decoration-style (optional)
  • text-decoration-thickness (optional)

Example

h1 {
  text-decoration: underline;
}

h2 {
  text-decoration: underline red;
}

h3 {
  text-decoration: underline red double;
}

p {
  text-decoration: underline red double 5px;
}
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A Small Tip

All links in HTML are underlined by default. Sometimes you see that links are styled with no underline. The text-decoration: none; is used to remove the underline from links, like this:

Example

a {
  text-decoration: none;
}
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All CSS text-decoration Properties

Property Description
text-decoration Sets all the text-decoration properties in one declaration
text-decoration-color Specifies the color of the text-decoration
text-decoration-line Specifies the kind of text decoration to be used (underline, overline, etc.)
text-decoration-style Specifies the style of the text decoration (solid, dotted, etc.)
text-decoration-thickness Specifies the thickness of the text decoration line