The text-decoration-line CSS property sets what kind of line decorations are added to an element.

Underline decorations are positioned under the text, overline decorations are positioned above the text, and line-through decorations are positioned through the middle of the text.

Initial valuenone
Applies toall elements. It also applies to ::first-letter and ::first-line.
Computed valueas specified
Canonical orderorder of appearance in the formal grammar of the values


/* Keyword values */
text-decoration-line: none;
text-decoration-line: underline;
text-decoration-line: overline;
text-decoration-line: line-through;
text-decoration-line: underline overline;                /* Two decoration lines */
text-decoration-line: overline underline line-through;   /* Multiple decoration lines */

/* Global values */
text-decoration-line: inherit;
text-decoration-line: initial;
text-decoration-line: unset;


Accepts none, or one or more whitespace separated values:

Produces no text decoration.
Each line of text is underlined.
Each line of text has a line above it.
Each line of text has a line through the middle.
The text blinks (alternates between visible and invisible). Conforming user agents may simply not blink the text. This value is deprecated in favor of Animations.
The text is decorated as an anchor; not suitable for web content.

Formal syntax

none | [ underline || overline || line-through || blink ]


HTML Content

<p>Here's some text with wavy red underline!</p>

CSS Content

p { 
  text-decoration-line: underline;
  text-decoration-style: wavy;
  text-decoration-color: red;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Decoration Level 3
The definition of 'text-decoration-line' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation Initial definition. The text-decoration property wasn't a shorthand before.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support Not supported 6.0 (6.0) -moz[1]
36.0 (36.0)
Not supported Not supported 7.1 -webkit
blink Not supported 26.0 (26.0)[2] Not supported Not supported ?
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic Support Not supported Not supported[3] 6.0 (6.0) -moz[1]
36.0 (36.0)
Not supported Not supported 8 -webkit
blink Not supported Not supported 26.0 (26.0)[2] Not supported Not supported ?

[1] The prefixed version was removed in Gecko 39.0 (Firefox 39.0 / Thunderbird 39.0 / SeaMonkey 2.36).

[2] The value is considered valid, but no blinking will happen, as the spec allows user agents to ignore it.

[3] See WebKit bug 90959.

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