The text-underline-offset CSS property sets the offset distance of an underline text decoration line (applied using text-decoration) from its original position.

text-underline-offset is not part of the text-decoration shorthand. While an element can have multiple text-decoration lines, text-underline-offset only impacts underlining, and not other possible line decoration options such as overline or line-through.


/* Single keyword */
text-underline-offset: auto;

/* length */
text-underline-offset: 0.1em;
text-underline-offset: 3px;

/* percentage */
text-underline-offset: 20%;

/* Global values */
text-underline-offset: inherit;
text-underline-offset: initial;
text-underline-offset: unset;

The text-underline-offset property is specified as a single value from the list below.


The browser chooses the appropriate offset for underlines.
Specifies the offset of underlines as a <length>, overriding the font file suggestion and the browser default. It is recommended to use em units so the offset scales with the font size.
Specifies the offset of underlines as a <percentage> of 1 em in the element's font. A percentage inherits as a relative value, and so therefore scales with changes in the font. For a given application of this property, the offset is constant across the whole box that the underline is applied to, even if there are child elements with different font sizes or vertical alignment.

Formal definition

Initial value auto
Applies to all elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Inherited yes
Percentages refer to the font size of the element itself
Computed value as specified
Animation type by computed value type

Formal syntax

auto | <length> | <percentage>


Demonstration of text-underline-offset

<p class="oneline">Here's some text with an offset wavy red underline!</p>
<p class="twolines">This text has lines both above and below it. Only the bottom one is offset.</p>
p { 
  text-decoration: underline wavy red;
  text-underline-offset: 1em;

.twolines {
  text-decoration-color: purple;
  text-decoration-line: underline overline;


Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
text-underline-offset No
See Chrome Platform Status entry for text-decoration-thickness, text-underline-offset and from-font keyword for text-underline-position.
No 70
Disabled From version 69: this feature is behind the layout.css.text-underline-offset.enabled preference (needs to be set to true). To change preferences in Firefox, visit about:config.
No No 12.1
percentage values No No 74 No No No
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
text-underline-offset No No No No 12.2 No
percentage values No No No No No No

See also

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