CSS Cheat Sheet

A quick reference list of basic CSS properties for changing text, layout and colour of HTML elements, as well as how to include them in your web page.

Not sure what CSS is, perhaps see the cascading style sheets introduction first :-)

Using Styles

An external CSS file

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css" title="style">

Within the html header

<style type="text/css">
 h1 {

Inline in the HTML

<p style="color:red;">Some red text</p>
Text Styles Top Top
text-align: left; Horizontal Alignment - left | center | right
text-decoration: underline; Text Decorations - eg. none | underline | line-through
font-family: fontname; Font Face (Typeface) - eg. Verdana, Arial, Helvetica
font-size: 16pt; Font Size or Height - eg. 12pt | 15px
font-weight: bold; Font Weight (Boldness) - eg. bold | normal | 200
Size and Layout Top Top
width: 400px; Width of HTML element - eg. 100px | 50%
height: 100%; Height of HTML element - eg. 20px | 100%
margin: 5px; Margin - space around an element, or distance between two elements
margin-top: 1px; Top Margin. Also try -bottom: -left: or -right:
padding: 5px; Padding - distance between an elements contents and its border
padding-top: 1px; Top Padding. Also try -bottom: -left: or -right:
Colours & Borders Top Top
color: red; Element Colour - eg. red | #FF0000
background-color: white; Background Colour of element
background-image: url(image.gif); Background Colour of element
border-color: yellow; Border Colour of element
border: 1px solid blue; Width, style and colour of border defined together
CSS Lists Top Top
list-style: none; Clear existing bullet types set by html list tags
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