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CSS min-height property


The CSS min-height property allows us to specify a minimum content height for a box model element.

Applies To

All elements except non-replaced inline elements, table rows and row groups .

Property Values

negative values are NOT acceptable when using the CSS min-height property..

inherit - The element will inherit the min-height property of its parent element.

length - Defines a length value 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 is set to 0 for the min-height property value.


The min-height 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.


<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"  
<!-- Our HTML/CSS for the CSS min-height property follows -->
<html  xmlns="">
<title>CSS 1/2 Reference - CSS min-height Property</title>

<!-- Valid values for CSS min-height Property are:
	inherit, length and percentage value.

<style type="text/css">

#img1 {
  min-height: 150px;

#img2 {
  min-height: 300px;


<h1>CSS min-height Property</h1>
<h2>Image with min-height of 150 pixels</h2>
<img id="img1" src=""
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />Look at the image height.</p>
<h2>Same image with min-height of 300 pixels</h2>
<img id="img2" src=""
    alt="Beef and Ale Pie" />Look at the image height.</p>

How It Looks

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

When you cut and paste the code, adjust the screen size to see the effects of the min-height property.

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