CSS Reference

CSS margin-top property


The CSS margin-top property allows us to specify the margin space above the padding and border for an element.

Applies To

All elements except elements with table display types other than inline-table, table and table-caption.

Property Values

CSS allows specification of a margin width.

negative values are acceptable for when you want to overlap elements.

auto - The browser sets the top margin and this can vary from browser to browser.

inherit - The margin-top properties are inherited from the parent element.

length - Defines a top margin space in a unit measurement such as em or pixel.

n% - A percentage value relative to the parent element where n is a number.

Default Value

Default value of margin-top is set to 0.


The margin-top property is NOT inherited from the parent element unless specified using the inherit property value.

Browser Anomalies

IE5, IE6 and IE7 do not support the inherit property value.
IE8 does with a valid !DOCTYPE.
IE9+ supports the inherit property value.

As mentioned above setting the property value to auto is browser dependant.

Position In The Box Model



<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1 Strict//EN"  
<!-- Our HTML/CSS for the CSS margin-top property follows -->
<html  xmlns="https://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml/">
<title>CSS Reference - CSS margin-top Property</title>

<!-- Valid values for CSS margin-top Property are:
	auto, inherit, length and percentage. 

<style type="text/css">

/* This top margin set to 50px */
#img1 {
	margin-top: 50px;

/* This top margin set to 150px */
#img2 {
	margin-top: 150px;

/* This top margin set to -75px */
#img3 {
	margin-top: -75px;


<h1>Looking at the CSS margin-top Property</h1>
<p>The next image has a top margin of 50 pixels.
<img id="img1" src="http://htmldoctor.info/images/chickenpiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Chicken Pie" />
<p>The next image has a top margin of 150 pixels.
<img id="img2" src="http://htmldoctor.info/images/chickenpiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Chicken Pie" />
<p>The next image has a negative margin of 75 pixels.
<img id="img3" src="http://htmldoctor.info/images/chickenpiesmall.jpg"
    alt="Chicken Pie" />

How It Looks

The results of using the margin-top property with the values above will look something like the following:

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