padding

Shorthand property for padding-top, padding-bottom, padding-left and padding-right that sets the space between the content and margin of an element or for each side individually.

Syntax

padding: <value>;

where <value> can be one of the following:

  • Length: 20px
  • Percentage: 5%

Note: Providing one value will effect the padding of all four borders. Providing two values will result in the first value setting the padding of top and bottom and the second value setting the padding of left and right sides. Three values will result in the first value applied to the top, the second value to the left and right, and the third value applied to the bottom. Four values will apply to top, right, bottom and left.

Example 1

Set the padding on all sides to 20px:

h1 {
border: 2px solid green;
padding: 20px;
}

Example 2

Set the top and bottom padding to be 4px and left and right to 2px:

h1 {
border-color: green;
border-style: dashed;
padding: 4px 2px;
}

Example 3

Set the top padding to 10px, right and left to 20px and bottom to 5px:

h1 {
border-color: green;
border-style: dashed;
padding: 10px 20px 5px;
}

Example 4

Set the top padding to 10px, right to 15px, left to 20px and bottom to 5px:

h1 {
border-color: green;
border-style: dashed;
padding: 10px 15px 20px 5px;
}

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