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CSS font Property

The font property is a shorthand that sets the following properties in a single declaration:

CSS Demo: font

font: italic bold 15px/36px Georgia, serif;
font: italic 1.2em "Fira Sans", serif;
font: 16px Lato, sans-serif;
font: 16px/30px Lato, sans-serif;
font: italic small-caps bold 16px/2 cursive;

Note: The font-size and font-family values are required. If one of the other values is missing, or omitted, the default value for that property will be applied, if any.

Technical Details

Default value
as each of the properties of the shorthand:
  • font-style: normal
  • font-variant: normal
  • font-weight: normal
  • font-stretch: normal
  • font-size: medium
  • line-height: normal
  • font-family: depends on browser
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties. Demo
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.font = "italic bold 15px/36px Georgia, serif" Demo

CSS Syntax:

font: font-style font-variant font-weight font-size/line-height font-family|caption|icon|menu|message-box|small-caption|status-bar|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use font property:

Run code

Browser compatibility

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

font 1 1 3.5 1 4

Property Values

The following table describes the values of font property:

Value Description
font-style Specifies the font style
font-variant Specifies the font variant
font-weight Specifies the font weight
font-size Specifies the font size
line-height Specifies the line height
font-family Specifies the font family
caption The system font used for captioned controls (e.g., buttons, drop-downs, etc)
icon The system font used to label icons
menu The system font used in menus (e.g., dropdown menus and menu lists)
message-box The system font used in dialog boxes
small-caption A smaller version of the caption
status-bar The system font used in window status bars
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Fonts tutorial