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CSS font-stretch Property

The font-stretch property allows you to make text condensed or expanded.

Some font families offer additional faces in which the characters are narrower than the normal face (condensed faces) or wider than the normal face (expanded faces).

You can use font-stretch to select a condensed or expanded face from such fonts. If the font you are using does not offer condensed or expanded faces, this property has no effect.

CSS Syntax:

font-stretch: ultra-condensed|extra-condensed|condensed|semi-condensed|normal|semi-expanded|expanded|extra-expanded|ultra-expanded|initial|inherit;


The example below demonstrates how to use font-stretch property:

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Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the font-stretch property:

font-stretch not supported 9 not supported not supported 9

Property Values

The following table describes the values of font-stretch property:

Value Description
ultra-condensed Specifies the most condensed font face
extra-condensed Specifies the second most condensed font face
condensed Specifies a condensed font face
semi-condensed Specifies a slightly condensed font face
normal Specifies a normal font face (This is default)
semi-expanded Specifies a slightly expanded font face
expanded Specifies an expanded font face
extra-expanded Specifies the second most expanded font face
ultra-expanded Specifies the most expanded font face
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

Technical Details

Default value normal
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties.
Version CSS3
JavaScript syntax object.style.fontStretch = "expanded"

See also

CSS Fonts tutorial

CSS font-weight property

CSS font-style property

CSS font-size property

CSS font-family property

CSS line-height property