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The list-style-position property specifies the position of the marker box in the principal block box.

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

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

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;

Values

outside
The marker box is outside the principal block box.
inside
The marker box is the first inline box in the principal block box, after which the element's content flows.

Formal syntax

inside | outside

Examples

HTML

<ul class="one"> 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="two"> 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="three"> 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

.one {
  list-style:square inside;
}

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

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

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Lists and Counters 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.

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 ? ? ? ? ?

N.B. There is variance among browsers regarding behaviour 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 this Mozilla Bug report and an example.

See also

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