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padding-left

The padding-left CSS property sets the width of the padding area to the left 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 definition

Initial value 0
Applies to all 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 and ::first-line.
Inherited no
Percentages refer to the width of the containing block
Computed value the percentage as specified or the absolute length
Animation type a length

Formal syntax

<length> | <percentage>

Examples

Setting left padding using pixels and percentages

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

Specifications

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
padding-left 1 12 1 4 3.5 1
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
padding-left ≤37 18 4 14 1 1.0

See also

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https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/padding-left