The list-style-position CSS property sets the position of the ::marker relative to a list item.

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

Note: This property is applied to list items, i.e., elements with display: list-item;. By default this includes <li> elements. Because this property is inherited, it can be set on the parent element (normally <ol> or <ul>) to let it apply to all list items.

Note that there is variance among browsers regarding behavior 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 bug 36854.


/* Keyword values */
list-style-position: inside;
list-style-position: outside;

/* Global values */
list-style-position: inherit;
list-style-position: initial;
list-style-position: unset;

The list-style-position property is specified as one of the keyword values listed below.


The ::marker is the first element among the list item's contents.
The ::marker is outside the principal block box.

Formal definition

Initial value outside
Applies to list items
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

inside | outside


Setting list item position


<ul class="inside">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 class="outside">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 class="inside-img">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>


.inside {
  list-style-position: inside;
  list-style-type: square;

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

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



Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
list-style-position 1 12 1 4 3.5 1
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
list-style-position ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

See also

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