CSS property to pad text inside of div


Is there a way to give a div element some padding INSIDE its border? For example, currently all the text inside my main div element goes right to the edge of the element's border. I'd like, as a general rule on this site, to have at least 10 to 20 px of space between the text and the border.

Here's a screen shot to illustrate what I currently have:

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~ Asked on 2013-12-10 20:55:02

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I see a lot of answers here that have you subtracting from the width of the div and/or using box-sizing, but all you need to do is apply the padding the child elements of the div in question. So, for example, if you have some markup like this:

<div id="container">
    <p id="text">Find Agents</p>

All you need to do is apply this CSS:

#text {
    padding: 10px;

Here is a fiddle showing the difference: http://jsfiddle.net/CHCVF/2/

Or, better yet, if you have multiple elements and don't feel like giving them all the same class, you can do something like this:

.container * {
    padding: 5px 10px;

Which will select all of the child elements and assign them the padding you want. Here is a fiddle of that in action: http://jsfiddle.net/CHCVF/3/

~ Answered on 2013-12-10 21:11:09


The CSS property you are looking for is padding. The problem with padding is that it adds to the width of the original element, so if you have a div with a width of 300px, and add 10px of padding to it, the width will now be 320px (10px on the left and 10px on the right).

To prevent this you can add box-sizing: border-box; to the div, this makes it maintain the designated width, even if you add padding. So your CSS would look like this:

div {
    box-sizing: border-box;
    padding: 10px;

you can read more about box-sizing and it's overall browser support here:


~ Answered on 2013-12-10 21:04:20

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