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Using p Tags for HTML Paragraphs

Reading time 1 min
Published Jun 29, 2017
Updated Oct 2, 2019

HTML Paragraph: Main Tips

  • The HTML <p> tag specifies the beginning of a paragraph.
  • It is a block-level element and can only contain inline elements.
  • You don't always need to use a closing HTML p tag. Another block-level element can close it.
  • HTML paragraph element supports all global attributes.

p Element Explained

<p> is an HTML paragraph tag, usually written in a new line:

Example
<p>This is a paragraph.</p>

<p>This is also a paragraph.</p>

<p>This is yet another paragraph.</p>

Browsers usually display HTML paragraphs as text blocks separated by blank lines by default. Dividing the content into separate paragraphs simplifies reading and navigating the page.

Here you can see the default CSS values most browsers use to display the content between HTML <p> tags:

Example
p {
    display: block;
    margin-left: 0;
    margin-right: 0;
    margin-top: 1em;
    margin-bottom: 1em;
}

Note: <p> tags should not be used to insert spaces between paragraphs. Since the element won't have content, it can cause problems for screen-reading technologies.

align Attribute (DEPRECATED)

To define the alignment of text inside a paragraph, you could have used align attribute with HTML <p> tag:

Example
<p align="center">This is a paragraph.</p>

Note: the align attribute has been deprecated in HTML5. Use CSS text-align property as an alternative.

Browser support

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Chrome
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Firefox
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IE
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Opera
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Safari
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Mobile browser support

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Firefox
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