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HTML <div> Tag


A <div> section in a document that is styled with CSS:

.myDiv {
  border: 5px outset red;
  background-color: lightblue;
  text-align: center;

<div class="myDiv">
  <h2>This is a heading in a div element</h2>
  <p>This is some text in a div element.</p>

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Definition and Usage

The <div> tag defines a division or a section in an HTML document.

The <div> tag is used as a container for HTML elements - which is then styled with CSS or manipulated with JavaScript.

The <div> tag is easily styled by using the class or id attribute.

Any sort of content can be put inside the <div> tag! 

Note: By default, browsers always place a line break before and after the <div> element.

Browser Support

<div> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Global Attributes

The <div> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.

Event Attributes

The <div> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Block and Inline Elements

HTML tutorial: HTML Layout

HTML DOM reference: Div Object

Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <div> element with the following default values:


div {
  display: block;
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