The text-justify CSS property sets what type of justification should be applied to text when text-align: justify; is set on an element.

text-justify: none;
text-justify: auto;
text-justify: inter-word;
text-justify: inter-character;
text-justify: distribute; /* Deprecated value */


The text-justify property is specified as a single keyword chosen from the list of values below.


The text justification is turned off. This has the same effect as not setting text-align at all, although it is useful if you need to turn justification on and off for some reason.
The browser chooses the best type of justification for the current situation based on a balance between performance and quality, but also on what is most appropriate for the language of the text (e.g., English, CJK languages, etc.). This is the default justification used if text-justify is not set at all.
The text is justified by adding space between words (effectively varying word-spacing), which is most appropriate for languages that separate words using spaces, like English or Korean.
The text is justified by adding space between characters (effectively varying letter-spacing), which is most appropriate for languages like Japanese.
distribute This deprecated API should no longer be used, but will probably still work.
Exhibits the same behavior as inter-character; this value is kept for backwards compatibility.

Formal definition

Initial valueauto
Applies toinline-level and table-cell elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete

Formal syntax

auto | inter-character | inter-word | none


Demonstration of the different values of text-justify

p {
  font-size: 1.5em;
  border: 1px solid black;
  padding: 10px;
  width: 95%;
  margin: 10px auto;
  text-align: justify;

.none {
  text-justify: none;

.auto {
  text-justify: auto;

.dist {
  text-justify: distribute;

.word {
  text-justify: inter-word;

.char {
  text-justify: inter-character;


Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'text-justify' in that specification.
Candidate Recommendation

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also