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padding-left property

Sets or retrieves the amount of space to insert between the left border of the object and the content.

CSS 2.1, Section 5.5.9Internet Explorer 9

 

Syntax

padding-left: <length> | <percentage>

Property values

length

Floating-point number, followed by an absolute units designator (cm, mm, in, pt, or pc) or a relative units designator (em, ex, or px). For more information about the supported length units, see CSS Values and Units Reference.

percentage

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

As of Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, this property applies to inline elements. With earlier versions of Windows Internet Explorer, inline elements must have an absolute position or layout to use this property. Element layout is set by providing a value for the height property or the width property.

Negative values are not allowed.

Examples

The following example shows two div elements that each contain text and have specified width and border values. The second div element also has a specified padding-left value.


<div id="noPadding">
   <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat.</p>
</div>
<div id="paddingLeft">
   <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat.</p>
</div>



#noPadding {
   width: 200px;
   border: .5em solid #BBBBBB;
}
#paddingLeft {
   width: 200px;
   border: .5em solid #BBBBBB;
   padding-left: 20px;
}

The following image shows the first div element without any padding.

An HTML element without any padding

The following image shows the second div element with a padding-left value of 20 pixels.

An HTML element with 20 pixels defined for padding-left

See also

CSSStyleDeclaration
currentStyle
defaults
runtimeStyle
style
CSS Enhancements in Internet Explorer 6

 

 

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