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CSS font Property

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Specify all the font properties in one declaration:

font:15px arial,sans-serif;

font:italic bold 12px/30px Georgia, serif;

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More examples at the bottom of this page.

Definition and Usage

The font shorthand property sets all the font properties in one declaration.

The properties that can be set, are (in order): "font-style font-variant font-weight font-size/line-height font-family"

The font-size and font-family values are required. If one of the other values are missing, the default values will be inserted, if any.

Note: The line-height property sets the space between lines.

Default value: not specified
Inherited: yes
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax: object.style.font="italic small-caps bold 12px arial,sans-serif"

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The font property is supported in all major browsers.

Note: The value "inherit" is not supported in IE7 and earlier. IE8 requires a !DOCTYPE. IE9 supports "inherit".

Property Values

Value Description
font-style Specifies the font style. See font-style for possible values
font-variant Specifies the font variant. See font-variant for possible values
font-weight Specifies the font weight. See font-weight for possible values
font-size/line-height Specifies the font size and the line-height. See font-size and line-height for possible values
font-family Specifies the font family. See font-family for possible values
caption Uses the font that are used by captioned controls (like buttons, drop-downs, etc.)
icon Uses the font that are used by icon labels
menu Uses the fonts that are used by dropdown menus
message-box Uses the fonts that are used by dialog boxes
small-caption A smaller version of the caption font
status-bar Uses the fonts that are used by the status bar
inherit Specifies that the value of the font property should be inherited from the parent element


Try it Yourself - Examples

Some of the other font property values
This example demonstrates some of the other font property values.

Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Font

HTML DOM reference: font property

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