Sets the amount of space to insert between the indicated border of the object and the content.


{ padding-left:sPadding}

Possible values


Variant that specifies or receives one of the following values:


Floating-point number, followed by an absolute units designator (cm, mm, in, pt, or pc) or a relative units designator (em, ex, or px).

For more information about the supported length units, see Length units reference.


Integer, followed by a percent sign (%). The value is a percentage of the width of the parent object.

The property has a default value of 0 for all objects and is not inherited.


Negative values are not allowed.


The following example uses the padding-left property to change the padding of the object. This example uses the TD element as a selector in an embedded style sheet to set the top padding for all table cells to 1 centimeter:

    td { padding-left: 1cm; }

This example uses inline scripting to set the top padding of the cell to 1 centimeter when an onmouseover event occurs:

<td onmouseover="'1cm'" onmouseout="''">
    <img src="sphere.jpg">

Standards information

This property is defined in Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), Level 1 (CSS1) Ee371293.xtlink_newWindow(en-us,Expression.40).png.

Applies to

a, abbr, acronym, b, bdo, big, blockquote, body, button, caption, center, cite, code, custom, dd, defaults, del, dfn, div, dl, dt, em, embed, fieldset, font, form, hn, hr, i, iframe, img, input type=button, input type=checkbox, input type=file, input type=image, input type=password, input type=radio, input type=reset, input type=submit, input type=text, ins, li, object, ol, p, q, s, span, sub, table, td, th, tt, u, ul, var, xmp

See also



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