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CSS white-space Property

The white-space property determines how whitespace inside an element is handled.

CSS Demo: white-space

white-space: normal;
white-space: nowrap;
white-space: pre;
white-space: pre-line;
white-space: pre-wrap;
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Technical Details

Default value normal
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.whiteSpace = "pre" Demo

CSS Syntax:

white-space: normal|nowrap|pre|pre-line|pre-wrap|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use white-space property:

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the white-space property:

white-space 1 3.5 9.5 3 8

Property Values

The following table describes the values of white-space property:

Value Description
normal Sequences of whitespace will collapse into a single whitespace. Line breaks will occur wherever necessary to fill line boxes (This is default)
nowrap Collapses whitespace as for normal, but suppresses line breaks (text wrapping) within the source
pre Sequences of whitespace are preserved. Lines are only broken at preserved newline characters. Acts like the <pre> tag in HTML
pre-line Sequences of whitespace will collapse into a single whitespace. Text will wrap when necessary, and on line breaks
pre-wrap Whitespace is preserved. Text will wrap when necessary, and on line breaks
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element