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The effect of the CSS padding-top property on the element boxThe padding-top CSS property of an element sets the padding space required on the top of an element. The padding area is the space between the content of the element and its border. Contrary to margin-top values, negative values of padding-top are invalid.

  • Initial value 0
  • Applies to all elements except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column
  • Inherited no
  • Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
  • Media visual
  • Computed value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
  • Animatable yes, as a length
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: <length> | <percentage>
padding-top: 0.5em;
padding-top: 0;
padding-top: 2cm;
padding-top: 10%

padding-top: inherit


Specifies a positive fixed width. See <length> for details.
A percentage with respect to the width of the containing block.


.content { padding-top: 5%; }
.sidebox { padding-top: 10px; } 


Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic Box Model Working Draft No change from CSS Level 2 (Revision 1).
CSS Transitions Working Draft Defines padding-top as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1) Recommendation No change from CSS Level 1.
CSS Level 1 Recommendation Initial definition.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
Basic support 1.0 1.0 (1.0) 4.0 3.5 1.0 (85)
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? ? ? ?

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