HTML <small> Tag

The <small> tag decreases the text font size by one size smaller than a document's base font size (from medium to small, or from x-large to large).

In HTML font size is measured by conventional units from 1 to 7. By default, the average font size of the text is three units. Furthermore, the size of the font depends on its type. For example, Arial font is bigger than Times but smaller than Verdana.

The <small> tag usually contains the items of secondary importance such as copyright notices, side comments, or legal notices.

You can put <small> tag into another <small> tag, thus the font of the text is minimized in correspondence with the “depth” of the content.


The <small> tag comes in pairs; the content is written between opening (<small>) and closing (</small>) tags.


<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Usage of the SMALL tag</title>
    <p>The interest rate is only 10%*</p>
    <small>*  per day</small> /



The <small> tag supports the Global attributes and the Event Attributes.

How to style <small> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <small> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <small> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <small> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <small> tag

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