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

An element's padding area is the space between its content and its border.

Note: The padding property can be used to set paddings on all four sides of an element with a single declaration.

Syntax

/* <length> values */
padding-left: 0.5em;
padding-left: 0;
padding-left: 2cm;

/* <percentage> value */
padding-left: 10%;

/* Global values */
padding-left: inherit;
padding-left: initial;
padding-left: unset;

The padding-left property is specified as a single value chosen from the list below. Unlike margins, negative values are not allowed for padding.

Values

<length>
The size of the padding as a fixed value. Must be nonnegative.
<percentage>
The size of the padding as a percentage, relative to the width of the containing block. Must be nonnegative.

Formal syntax

<length> | <percentage>

Examples

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

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Basic Box Model
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Working Draft No change.
CSS Transitions
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Working Draft Defines padding-left as animatable.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Recommendation No change.
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'padding-left' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Initial value0
Applies toall elements, except table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-column-group and table-column. It also applies to ::first-letter.
Inheritedno
Percentagesrefer to the width of the containing block
Mediavisual
Computed valuethe percentage as specified or the absolute length
Animation typea length
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes143.51
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

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