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Summary

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 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
Animatableyes, as a length
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

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

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

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

Values

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

Formal syntax

<length> | <percentage>

Examples

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

Specifications

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

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