marginRight property

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

CSS 2.1, Section 5.5.2Internet Explorer 9



Integer value = object.put_marginRight(Variant v);Integer value = object.get_marginRight(Variant* sWidth);

Property values


auto (auto)

Default. Right margin is set equal to the left margin.

percentage (percentage)

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

String format

<margin-width> | inherit

CSS information

Applies ToAll elements
Initial Value0

Standards information


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

In Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.0, the specified margin value is added to the default value of the object. In Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 and later, the margin value is absolute. The margin properties do not work with the td and tr objects in Internet Explorer 4.0, but they do work in Internet Explorer 3.0. To set margins in the cell for Internet Explorer 4.0 and later, apply the margin to an object, such as div or p, within the td.

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

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


In the following example, three div elements specify IHTMLRuleStyle::height, IHTMLRuleStyle::width, IHTMLRuleStyle::backgroundColor values in addition to the default div element IHTMLRuleStyle::styleFloat value of left. The second div also specifies a IHTMLRuleStyle::marginRight value of 10px.

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

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

The image below the shows the result. The second div element has a right margin of 10 pixels.

Three squares with margin-right applied to the middle square


Minimum supported client

Windows XP

Minimum supported server

Windows Server 2003







See also

CSS Values and Units Reference
Other Resources
CSS Enhancements in Internet Explorer 6