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The list-style-position CSS property specifies the position of the ::marker relative to a list item.

It is often more convenient to use the shorthand list-style.

Note: This property is applied to list items, i.e. elements with display: list-item; by default this includes <li> elements. Because this property is inherited, it can be set on the parent element (normally <ol> or <ul>) to let it apply to all list items.

Note: There is variance among browsers regarding behavior when a block element is placed first within a list element declared as list-style-position: inside. Chrome and Safari both place this element on the same line as the marker box, whereas Firefox, Internet Explorer and Opera place it on the next line. For more information on this, see bug 36854.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
list-style-position: inside;
list-style-position: outside;

/* Global values */
list-style-position: inherit;
list-style-position: initial;
list-style-position: unset;

The list-style-position property is specified as one of the keyword values listed below.

Values

inside
The ::marker is the first element among the list item's contents.
outside
The ::marker is outside the principal block box.

Formal syntax

inside | outside

Examples

HTML

<ul class="inside">List 1
  <li>List Item 1-1</li>
  <li>List Item 1-2</li>
  <li>List Item 1-3</li>
  <li>List Item 1-4</li>
</ul>
<ul class="outside">List 2
  <li>List Item 2-1</li>
  <li>List Item 2-2</li>
  <li>List Item 2-3</li>
  <li>List Item 2-4</li>
</ul>
<ul class="inside-img">List 3
  <li>List Item 3-1</li>
  <li>List Item 3-2</li>
  <li>List Item 3-3</li>
  <li>List Item 3-4</li>
</ul>

CSS

.inside {
  list-style-position: inside;
  list-style-type: square;
}

.outside {
  list-style-position: outside;
  list-style-type: circle;
}

.inside-img {
  list-style-position: inside;
  list-style-image: url("https://mdn.mozillademos.org/files/11979/starsolid.gif");
}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Lists Module Level 3
The definition of 'list-style-position' in that specification.
Working Draft No change.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'list-style-position' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Initial valueoutside
Applies tolist items
Inheritedyes
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support112143.51
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes124 ? ? ?

See also