Georges Oates Larsen Georges Oates Larsen - 1 month ago 9
CSS Question

CSS set li indent

Googling and searching stack overflow did not return any results that I could recognize, so forgive me if this has been asked before...

I have drop down main menu which uses lists as its basis. The problem is, the lists are very wide, and they do not indent far enough when expanded. So, this is my problem! How do I make the indent amount on lists larger via CSS?

Answer

to indent a ul dropdown menu, use

/* Main Level */
ul{
  margin-left:10px;
}

/* Second Level */
ul ul{
  margin-left:15px;
}

/* Third Level */
ul ul ul{
  margin-left:20px;
}

/* and so on... */

You can indent the lis and (if applicable) the as (or whatever content elements you have) as well , each with differing effects. You could also use padding-left instead of margin-left, again depending on the effect you want.

Update

By default, many browsers use padding-left to set the initial indentation. If you want to get rid of that, set padding-left: 0px;

Still, both margin-left and padding-left settings impact the indentation of lists in different ways. Specifically: margin-left impacts the indentation on the outside of the element's border, whereas padding-left affects the spacing on the inside of the element's border. (Learn more about the CSS box model here)

Setting padding-left: 0; leaves the li's bullet icons hanging over the edge of the element's border (at least in Chrome), which may or may not be what you want.

Examples of padding-left vs margin-left and how they can work together on ul: https://jsfiddle.net/daCrosby/bb7kj8cr/1/

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