The text-indent property specifies the indentation to be used in the first line of the element block. The indent is treated as a margin applied to the start edge of the line box.

  • Initial value0
  • Applies toBlock containers
  • InheritedYes
  • MediaVisual
  • Computed valuePercentage or absolute length
  • AnimatableNo
  • CSS VersionCSS1, CSS2, CSS3
  • JavaScript syntaxobject.style.textIndent
Formal syntax: [ <length> | <percentage> ] && hanging? && each-line?

text-indent: 30px;
text-indent: 10%;
text-indent: hanging;
text-indent: each-line;
  • <length>Gives the amount of the indent as an absolute length.
  • <percentage>Gives the amount of the indent as a percentage of the containing block's logical width.
  • each-lineIndentation affects the first line of the block container as well as each line after a forced line break, but does not affect lines after a soft wrap break.
  • hangingInverts which lines are indented. All lines except the first line will be indented.
  • inherit
p {text-indent: 1em;}

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Last updated on 23rd March 2014 By Rene Spronk

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