CSS counter-increment Property

Create a counter (“my-sec-counter”) and increase it by one for each occurrence of the <h2> selector:

body {
/* Set “my-sec-counter” to 0 */
counter-reset: my-sec-counter;
}h2:before {
/* Increment “my-sec-counter” by 1 */
counter-increment: my-sec-counter;
content: “Section ” counter(my-sec-counter) “. “;

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Definition and Usage

The counter-increment property increases or decreases the value of one or more CSS counters.

The counter-increment property is usually used together with the counter-reset property and the content property.

Default value: none
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: object.style.counterIncrement = “subsection”; Try it
CSS Syntax
counter-increment: none|id|initial|inherit;
Property Values
Value Description
none Default value. No counters will be incremented
id number The id defines which counter to increment. The number sets how much the counter will increment on each occurrence of the selector. The default increment is 1. Negative values are allowed. If id refers to a counter that has not been initialized by counter-reset, the default initial value is 0
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit



Numbering sections and sub-sections with “Section 1:”, “1.1”, “1.2”, etc.:

body {
/* Set “section” to 0 */
counter-reset: section;
}h1 {
/* Set “subsection” to 0 */
counter-reset: subsection;

h1:before {
/* Increment “section” by 1 */
counter-increment: section;
content: “Section ” counter(section) “: “;

h2:before {
/* Increment “subsection” by 1 */
counter-increment: subsection;
content: counter(section) “.” counter(subsection) ” “;