B2B Articles - February 01, 2011

How to prevent a line break with an H1, H2, H3 tag

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Stop line breaks for H1 tag - web design issue

Need to remove a new line after h1 tags?

Both web designers and SEO practitioners need to employ headline tags: H1, H2, H3 in several ways to improve web page structure and tag content with varying degrees of importance.

You may want to format header tags like H1 and H2 as inline and prevent a break straight after them. Removing padding and margin does not remove the new line. By default, header tags take up all the horizontal space where they appear.

H1 tags, for example, automatically drop any proceeding content to a new line, but this default style may be overridden with a simple CSS trick. A block element consumes the full width available and has a line break before and after it. An inline element only takes up as much width as needed and does not force line breaks.

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How to prevent the automatic line break with header tags

To prevent the automatic line break with the H1, H2, H3 tags, simply add the following style definition:


This will allow you to wrap content around the H1 tag, which can be great for stickers, promotions or other content related to that headline text.

H1 {display: inline;}

This is perhaps the simplest approach to solve the problem. It avoids more complicated hacks that may have style dependency issues like if you were to give the H1 tag a fixed width or your line break item a float.

HTML elements can be displayed either in block or inline style.


Differences between block and inline styles

  • display: block - Consumes the full width available--with a new line before and after the element
  • display: inline - Consumes only so much width as the element needs. This does not force new lines.


Learn more HTML and CSS tricks:

  1. Make <pre> text wrap with CSS
  2. Structure of CSS3 Drop Shadow
  3. How to use CSS drop shadows

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