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The CSS Color Property

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Published Aug 10, 2017
Updated Oct 10, 2019

Changing CSS text color

By using the color property, you can change the CSS font color for the text:

Example
p {
  color: red;
}   

If the descendants and borders of the element don't have their own color specified, they will inherit the defined CSS font color. It will also apply to item markers in lists.

CSS font color syntax

To change the text color in CSS, follow the syntax example below:

color: value;

The value can be defined in color names, RGB, RGBA, HEX, HSL or HSLA values. In the example below, you can see the same color defined in different ways:

Example
body {
  color: lime;
}   

h1 {
  color: #00fa00;
}

p {
  color: rgb(0, 250, 0);
}

section {
  color: inherit;
}

Tip: to get the value for the exact color tone you need, use the Pickeristic color picker.

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How to change text color in HTML

The simplest way to change the font color for an HTML element is called inline styling. For that, you will need to use the style attribute and define the CSS font color in a name-value pair:

Example
<p style="color: rgb(255, 0, 255);">I am a unicorn</p>
<p style="color: #42f4ee;">I am a star</p>
<p style="color: lime;">I am a lime</p>

Note: find more about using CSS styles in HTML in the HTML styles tutorial.

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