CSS margin-top Property

CSS margin-top property sets the top margin of an element.


The following table outline the usages and version history of this property.

Default value: 0
Applies to: All elements except display: table, display: table-caption, display: inline-table
Inherited: No
Version: CSS1
JavaScript Syntax: object.style.marginTop = "40px"


Here is a syntax for the CSS margin-top property

margin-top: length | percentage | auto | initial | inherit;

Property Values

The following table describes the values of this property.

Value Description
length Specifies the length value expressed in px, pt, cm, em, etc.
Negative values are also allowed
percentage Specifies the percentage value relative to the width of the element containing block
auto browser calculates a suitable value for the element
initial Sets default value of this property
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element.


The example below shows to sets margin top values of the element.

.margin-1 {
  margin-top: 40px;

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Browser Compatibility

  • Google Chrome 1+
  • Mozilla Firefox 1+
  • Internet Explorer 6+
  • Opera 3.5+
  • Safari 1+

Note: Here details of browser compatibility with version number may be this is bug and not supported. But recommended to always use latest Web browser.