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HTML <body> Tag


Example

A simple HTML document:

<html>
<head>
  <title>Title of the document</title>
</head>

<body>
  <h1>This is a heading</h1>
  <p>This is a paragraph.</p>
</body>

</html>
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Definition and Usage

The <body> tag defines the document's body.

The <body> element contains all the contents of an HTML document, such as headings, paragraphs, images, hyperlinks, tables, lists, etc.

Note: There can only be one <body> element in an HTML document.


Browser Support

Element
<body> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Global Attributes

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


Event Attributes

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



More Examples

Example

Add a background image to a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  background-image: url(w3s.png);
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Hello world!</h1>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">Visit W3Schools.com!</a></p>

</body>
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Example

Set the background color of a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  background-color: #E6E6FA;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Hello world!</h1>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">Visit W3Schools.com!</a></p>

</body>
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Example

Set the color of text in a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
body {
  color: green;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<h1>Hello world!</h1>
<p>This is some text.</p>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">Visit W3Schools.com!</a></p>

</body>
</html>
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Example

Set the color of unvisited links in a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
a:link {
  color:#0000FF;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">W3Schools.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com/html/">HTML Tutorial</a></p>

</body>
</html>
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Example

Set the color of active links in a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
a:active {
  color:#00FF00;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">W3Schools.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com/html/">HTML Tutorial</a></p>

</body>
</html>
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Example

Set the color of visited links in a document (with CSS):

<html>
<head>
<style>
a:visited {
  color:#FF0000;
}
</style>
</head>
<body>

<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com">W3Schools.com</a></p>
<p><a href="https://www.w3schools.com/html/">HTML Tutorial</a></p>

</body>
</html>
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Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Elements

HTML DOM reference: Body Object

HTML DOM reference: document.body Property


Default CSS Settings

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

Example

body {
  display: block;
  margin: 8px;
}

body:focus {
  outline: none;
}
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