CSS padding-top Property

Set the top padding for a <p> element to 25 pixels:

p.ex1 {
padding-top: 25px;

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Definition and Usage

An element’s padding is the space between its content and its border.

The padding-top property sets the top padding (space) of an element.

Note: Negative values are not allowed.

Default value: 0
Inherited: no
Animatable: yes. Read about animatable – Try it
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax: object.style.paddingTop=”50px”Try it

CSS Syntax

padding-top: length|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description
length Specifies a fixed top padding in px, pt, cm, etc. Default value is 0.
% Specifies a top padding in percent of the width of the element
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit