A mnemonic for the order of CSS margin and padding shorthand properties


I can never remember the order of the shorthand property for setting the margin or padding in one declaration. That is:

margin-top:    2px;
margin-bottom: 4px;
margin-left:   3px;
margin-right:  8px;

may be written as

margin: 2px 8px 4px 3px;

Yes I understand that one can visualise the order by thinking of a clock, starting at midday and moving clockwise. But I keep forgetting about that. I need to recall the order top, right, bottom, left textually.

Hence, T R B L.

Something like This [R-noun] [B-verb] [L-nouns] is perhaps the way to go but I feel myself lacking inspiration. If anyone has come across a useful mnemonic for this I’d love to hear it. Like a good meme, I’m sure once I get something lodged in my brain I will be unlikely to forget it.


If you don’t get it right, there will be TRouBLe

Answered By – Paul Dixon

Answer Checked By – David Goodson (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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