The text-decoration CSS property specifies the appearance of decorative lines used on text. It is a shorthand for setting one or more individual text-decoration values in a single declaration, which include text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, and text-decoration-style.

Text decorations are drawn across descendant text elements. This means that if an element specifies a text decoration, then a child element can't remove the decoration. For example, in the markup <p>This text has <em>some emphasized words</em> in it.</p>, the style rule p { text-decoration: underline; } would cause the entire paragraph to be underlined. The style rule em { text-decoration: none; } would not cause any change; the entire paragraph would still be underlined. However, the rule em { text-decoration: overline; } would cause a second decoration to appear on "some emphasized words".

Syntax

The text-decoration property is specified as one or more space-separated values representing the various longhand text-decoration properties.

Values

text-decoration-line
Sets the kind of decoration used, such as underline or line-through.
text-decoration-color
Sets the color of the decoration.
text-decoration-style
Sets the style of the line used for the decoration, such as solid, wavy, or dashed.

Formal syntax

<'text-decoration-line'> || <'text-decoration-style'> || <'text-decoration-color'>

Examples

.under {
  text-decoration: underline red;
}

.over {
  text-decoration: wavy overline lime;
}

.line {
  text-decoration: line-through;
}

.plain {
  text-decoration: none;
}

.underover {
  text-decoration: dashed underline overline;
}

.blink {
  text-decoration: blink;
}
<p class="under">This text has a line underneath it.</p>
<p class="over">This text has a line over it.</p>
<p class="line">This text has a line going through it.</p>
<p>This <a class="plain" href="#">link will not be underlined</a>,
    as links generally are by default. Be careful when removing
    the text decoration on anchors since users often depend on
    the underline to denote hyperlinks.</p>
<p class="underover">This text has lines above <em>and</em> below it.</p>
<p class="blink">This text might blink for you,
    depending on the browser you use.</p>

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Module Level 3
The definition of 'text-decoration' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Transformed into a shorthand property. Added support for the value of text-decoration-style.
CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
The definition of 'text-decoration' in that specification.
Recommendation No significant changes.
CSS Level 1
The definition of 'text-decoration' in that specification.
Recommendation Initial definition.

Initial valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Animation typeas each of the properties of the shorthand:
Canonical orderorder of appearance in the formal grammar of the values

Browser compatibility

 

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes133.51
blink571 Yes1

231

1

Yes1

151

4

Yes1
Shorthand ? No

36

6

No No Yes2
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
blink571571 Yes1

231

4

Yes141 Yes1
Shorthand ? ? No

36

6

? ?82

1. The blink value does not have any effect.

2. Safari doesn't support text-decoration-style.

 

See also