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CSS text-align Property

The text-align property sets the horizontal alignment of the inline content like text and images in its parent block element.

CSS Demo: text-align

text-align: left;
text-align: center;
text-align: right;
text-align: justify;

Technical Details

Default value left if direction is ltr, right if direction is rtl
Applies to block containers
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.textAlign = "center" Demo


CSS Syntax:

text-align: left|right|center|justify|initial|inherit;

Examples

The following example shows how to use text-align property:

Run code

In justified text each line is stretched so that every line has equal width (like in newspapers):

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the text-align property:

Property
text-align 1 1 3.5 1 3

Property Values

The following table describes the values of text-align property:

Value Description
left The inline contents are aligned to the left
right The inline contents are aligned to the right
center The inline contents are centered within the element
justify The inline contents are justified. Text should be spaced to line up its left and right edges to the left and right edges of the line box, except for the last line (like in newspapers)
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Text tutorial