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text-justify

The text-justify CSS property sets what type of justification should be applied to text when text-align: justify; is set on an element.

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

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-character; this value is kept for backwards compatibility.

Formal definition

Initial value auto
Applies to inline-level and table-cell elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

auto | inter-character | inter-word | none

Examples

Demonstration of the different values of text-justify

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

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
text-justify 32
Disabled
32
Disabled
inter-word and distribute (deprecated) values are supported, but distribute behavior is buggy.
Disabled From version 32: 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.
12
12
Standard values inter-character and none are supported. The deprecated distribute value is also supported.
55
55
54
Disabled
Disabled From version 54: this feature is behind the layout.css.text-justify.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
11
11
Standard values inter-character and none are supported. The deprecated distribute value is also supported.
19
Disabled
19
Disabled
inter-word and distribute (deprecated) values are supported, but distribute behavior is buggy.
Disabled From version 19: this feature is behind the Enable Experimental Web Platform Features preference (needs to be set to true).
No
No
See bug 9945.
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
text-justify No 32
Disabled
32
Disabled
inter-word and distribute (deprecated) values are supported, but distribute behavior is buggy.
Disabled From version 32: 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.
55
55
54
Disabled
Disabled From version 54: this feature is behind the layout.css.text-justify.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
19
Disabled
19
Disabled
inter-word and distribute (deprecated) values are supported, but distribute behavior is buggy.
Disabled From version 19: this feature is behind the Enable Experimental Web Platform Features preference (needs to be set to true).
No
No
See bug 9945.
No

See also

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https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/text-justify