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CSS padding-left Property

The padding-left CSS property sets the padding space on the left side of an element.

Negative values are not valid.
This property doesn't have any effect on inline elements, like <span>.
Initial Value 0
Applies to All elements, an exception is made when the display property is set to table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column. It also applies to ::first-letter.
Inherited No.
Animatable Yes. Padding space is animatable.
Version CSS1
DOM Syntax object.style.paddingLeft = "40px";

Syntax

padding-left: length | initial | inherit;

Example of the padding-left property:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      p {
        border: 2px solid #000;
        color: #1c87c9;
        padding-left: 100px;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Padding-left property example</h2>
    <p>Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Result

CSS padding-left Property

Example of the padding-left property defined as "3cm":

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      p {
        border: 2px solid #000;
        color: #1c87c9;
        padding-left: 3cm;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Padding-left property example</h2>
    <p>Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Example of the padding-left property with the "percentage" value:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      p {
        border: 3px solid #cccccc;
        color: deepskyblue;
        padding: 20px;
        padding-left: 15%;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Padding-left property example</h2>
    <p>Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Values

Value Description Play it
length It sets the left padding in px, pt, cm, etc. Its default value is 0px. Play it »
% It sets left padding in percent of the width of the containing element. Play it »
initial Makes the property use its default value. Play it »
inherit Inherits the property from its parents element.


Browser support

chrome firefox safari opera
1.0+ 1.0+ 1.0+ 3.5+
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