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The text-justify CSS property defines what type of justification should be applied to text when it is justified (i.e., when text-align: justify; is set on it).

text-justify: none;
text-justify: auto;
text-justify: inter-word;
text-justify: inter-character;
text-justify: distribute; /* Deprecated value */

Initial valueauto
Applies toinline-level and table-cell elements
Inheritedyes
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Syntax

The text-justify property is specified as a single keyword chosen from the list of values below.

Values

none
The text justification is turned off. This has the same effect as not setting text-align at all, although it is useful if you need to turn justification on and off for some reason.
auto
The browser chooses the best type of justification for the current situation based on a balance between performance and quality, but also on what is most appropriate for the language of the text (e.g., English, CJK languages, etc.). This is the default justification used if text-justify is not set at all.
inter-word
The text is justified by adding space between words (effectively varying word-spacing), which is most appropriate for languages that separate words using spaces, like English or Korean.
inter-character
The text is justified by adding space between characters (effectively varying letter-spacing), which is most appropriate for languages like Japanese.
distribute
Exhibits the same behaviour as inter-word; this value is kept for backwards compatibility.

Formal syntax

auto | inter-character | inter-word | none

Examples

p {
  font-size: 1.5em;
  border: 1px solid black;
  padding: 10px;
  width: 95%;
  margin: 10px auto;
  text-align: justify;
}

.none {
  text-justify: none;
}

.auto {
  text-justify: auto;
}

.dist {
  text-justify: distribute;
}

.word {
  text-justify: inter-word;
}

.char {
  text-justify: inter-character;
}

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'text-justify' in that specification.
Working Draft  

Browser compatibility

 

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes1 214355113 Yes1 4 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidIE mobileOpera AndroidiOS Safari
Basic support No Yes1 214355 ? Yes1 4 No

1. inter-word and distribute (deprecated) values are supported, but distribute behavior is buggy.

2. This feature is behind the Enable Experimental Web Platform Features preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Chrome, visit chrome://flags.

3. Standard values inter-character and none are supported. The deprecated distribute value is also supported.

4. This feature is behind the Enable Experimental Web Platform Features preference (needs to be set to true).

 

See also

Document Tags and Contributors

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