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This property allows a minimum width to be set for an element box. The calculation for the element's width may be greater than this value, but if the value falls below this value it will recompute the width based on the min-width value. If the value of min-width is greater than the value of max-width, the max-width property value becomes the min-width value. If the calculated value for the 'width' property is less than the 'min-width' value, the calculations are done again using the min-width value as the value for the 'width' property.

Additionally, the browser may have its own minimum allowable width for a specific element type. If the specified 'min-width' is less than this value for an element, the browser default minimum width may be used in its place.


h5 { min-width: pecentage | length }

Legal Values


  • Explicitly sets the value of this property to that of the parent.


  • Refers to an absolute measurement for the minimum computed element box width. Negative values are not allowed.


  • Refers to a percentage width of the containing element block.

Mozilla Recommended Values

Usage Examples

Ext/Doc: h5 { min-width: 100px }
In-Line: <h5 STYLE="min-width: 100px">text</h5>


Specification Conformance

Browser Compatibility

See Also