text-shadow property

Specifies a comma-separated list of shadows that attaches one or more drop shadows to the specified text.

This property is read/write.

CSS Text Level 3, Section 11.3Internet Explorer 10



text-shadow: none | <shadow>

Property values


Default. Indicates there is no shadow.


A comma-separated list of shadows, each specified by two to four nonzero length values and an optional color. See Remarks for specific information about usage.

CSS information

Applies ToAll elements
Initial Valuenone

Standards information


The text-shadow property can specify one or more drop shadows. The components of each shadow are interpreted as follows:

  • Required: The first length is the horizontal offset of the shadow. A positive value draws a shadow that is offset to the right of the box, a negative length to the left.
  • Required: The second length is the vertical offset. A positive value offsets the shadow down, a negative one up.
  • Optional: The third length is a blur distance. Negative values are not allowed. If the blur value is zero, the shadow's edge is sharp. Otherwise, the larger the value, the more the shadow's edge is blurred.
  • Optional: The fourth length is a spread distance. Positive values cause the shadow shape to expand in all directions by the specified radius. Negative values cause the shadow shape to contract.
  • Optional: The color is the color of the shadow.


The following example applies a dark gray shadow with a small blur value slightly to the right and under the specified text:

  text-shadow: 0.1em 0.1em 0.15em #333;

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