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HTML <small> Tag


Define a smaller text:

<p>This is some normal text.</p>
<p><small>This is some smaller text.</small></p>
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Definition and Usage

The <small> tag defines smaller text (like copyright and other side-comments).

Tip: This tag is not deprecated, but it is possible to achieve richer (or the same) effect with CSS.

Browser Support

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Global Attributes

The <small> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <small> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

More Examples


Use CSS to define smaller text:

span.small {
  font-size: smaller;

<p>This is some normal text.</p>
<p><span class="small">This is some smaller text.</span></p>

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Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Text Formatting

HTML DOM reference: Small Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <small> element with the following default values:


small {
  font-size: smaller;
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