text-decoration property CSS Reference



Definition and Usage

The text-decoration CSS property is used to set the text formatting to underline, overline, line-through or blink.

Underline and overline decorations are positioned under the text, line-through over it.

Note: CSS Text Decoration Level 3 transformed this property as a shorthand for the three new text-decoration-color, text-decoration-line, and text-decoration-style CSS properties. Like for any other shorthand property, it means that it resets their value to their default if not explicitely set in the shorthand.

  • Initial the concatenation of the initial values of its longhand properties:
    • text-decoration-color: currentColor
    • text-decoration-style: solid
    • text-decoration-line: none
  • Applies to all elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value as each of the properties of the shorthand:
    • text-decoration-line: as specified
    • text-decoration-style: as specified
    • text-decoration-color: If the value is translucent, the computed value will be the rgba() corresponding one. If it isn't, it will be the rgb() corresponding one. The transparent keyword maps to rgb(0,0,0).
  • Animatable as each of the properties of the shorthand:
    • text-decoration-color: yes, as a color
    • text-decoration-style: no
    • text-decoration-line: no
  • Canonical order order of appearance in the formal grammar of the values

Syntax

Formal syntax: <'text-decoration-line'> || <'text-decoration-style'> || <'text-decoration-color'>

Values

Accepts one or more whitespace separated values:

none
Produces no text decoration.
underline
Each line of text is underlined.
overline
Each line of text has a line above it.
line-through
Each line of text has a line through the middle.
blink 
Is a keyword making the text slowlyblinks. Though valid, the effect is deprecated and the specification allows browser to ignore this value.

Examples

h1.under {
text-decoration: underline;
}
h1.over {
text-decoration: overline;
}
p.line {
text-decoration: line-through;
}
p.blink {
text-decoration: blink;
}
a.none {
text-decoration: none;
}
p.underover {
text-decoration: underline overline;
}
<h1 class="under">Underlined Header</h1>
<p class="line">If you want to strike out text, use line-through.</p>
<p class="blink">This text might blink for you - if you use Explorer, it will not.</p>
<h1 class="over">and now an overlined header.</h1>
<p>This <a class="none" href="textdecoration.html">link will not be underlined</a> , as most links are by default.  Be careful with removing the text decoration on links since most users depend on the underline to signify a hyperlink.</p>
<p class="underover">This text has both underline and overline.</p>

Compatibility

Desktop browsers

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (1.7 or earlier) 1.0 3.0 3.5 1.0
blink value 1.0 (1.7 or earlier)
Effect removed in 23.0 (23.0)
(Yes) but without effect (Yes) but without effect 4.0
Effect removed in 15.0
(Yes) but without effect
Shorthand property 6.0 (6.0) Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

Mobile browsers

Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (1.0) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
blink value 1.0 (1.7 or earlier)
Effect removed in 23.0 (23.0)
(Yes) but without effect (Yes) but without effect 4.0
Effect removed in 15.0
(Yes) but without effect
Shorthand property 6.0 (6.0) NA NA NA NA

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