CSS Positioning Elements

The position property is used in positioning an element. i.e. the following are positioning elements −

  • static − The element box is laid out as a part of the normal document flow, following the preceding element and preceding following elements.

  • relative − The element's box is laid out as a part of the normal flow, and then offset by some distance.

  • absolute − The element's box is laid out in relation to its containing block, and is entirely removed from the normal flow of the document.

  • fixed − The element’s box is absolutely positioned, with all of the behaviors which are described for position: absolute.

Following is the code for positioning elements using CSS −


 Live Demo

<!DOCTYPE html>
body {
   font-family: "Segoe UI", Tahoma, Geneva, Verdana, sans-serif;
div {
   color: white;
   text-align: center;
   height: 100px;
   width: 100px;
.static {
   position: static;
   background-color: greenyellow;
.relative {
   position: relative;
   left: 50px;
   background-color: rgb(255, 47, 47);
.absolute {
   position: absolute;
   right: 50px;
   top: 20px;
   background-color: hotpink;
<h1>Position elements example</h1>
<div class="static">STATIC</div>
<div class="relative">RELATIVE</div>
<div class="absolute">ABSOLUTE</div>


The above code will produce the following output −