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margin-left property

Sets or retrieves the width of the left margin of the object.

CSS 2.1, Section 5.5.4

Syntax

margin-left: <margin-width> | inherit

Property values

margin-width

Default. Left margin is set equal to the right margin.

inherit

Integer, followed by a percent sign (%). The value is a percentage of the width of the parent object.

CSS information

Applies ToAll elements
Mediavisual
Inheritedno
Initial Value0

Standards information

Remarks

You can specify possible length values relative to the height of the element's font (em) or the height of the letter "x" (ex).

This property applies to inline elements.

Negative margins are supported, except for top and bottom margins on inline objects.

Examples

The following example shows three div elements with specified height, width, and background-color values. The second div element also specifies a margin-left setting of 10px.


<div id="blue"></div>
<div id="yellow"></div>
<div id="green"></div>


#blue {
   background-color: #00A4EF;
   height: 50px;
   width: 50px;
}
#yellow {
   background-color: #FFB900;
   height: 50px;
   width: 50px;
   margin-left: 10px;
}
#green {
   background-color: #7FBA00;
   height: 50px;
   width: 50px;
}

The following image shows the result. The second div element has 10 pixels of padding on the left margin.

Three squares with margin-left applied to the center square

This example uses inline scripting to set the left margin of the image to 1 centimeter when an onclick event occurs.


<img src="sphere.jpg" onclick="this.style.marginLeft='1cm'">

See also

CSSStyleDeclaration
currentStyle
defaults
runtimeStyle
style
Conceptual
CSS Values and Units Reference

 

 

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