CSS left

CSS left property decides the left offset for positioned elements. An element is considered positioned if its position property has value other than static.

CSS property left

CSS version: CSS 2.1
Value: length | percentage | auto | inherit
Initial: auto
Applies to: positioned elements
Inherited: no
Percentage: percentage of width of containing block
Few points to note

  1. property left can be applied to positioned elements (fixed, relative, absolute)
  2. For absolute element the offset is relative to nearest positioned container.
  3. For relative element the offset is relative to the element’s normal position itself.
  4. In case value is specified as percentage, it is percentage of containing block width.
  5. Negative values are ok.

Example – css left property

In the following code, CSS property left can be changed to the following values
  • 50px
  • 25%
  • 0
  • -10px
<style type="text/css">
.container {
  position: relative;
  background-color: gray;
  width:150px; height: 100px;
.boxwithoffset {
 position: absolute;
 width: 80px;
 left: 50px; top: 0;
<div class="container">
  <div>regular text</div>
  <div class="boxwithoffset">box with left offset</div>
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