CSS3 Text Effects

CSS3 contains several new text features.

In this chapter you will learn about the following text properties:

  • text-shadow
  • word-wrap

Note :

Internet Explorer does not yet support the text-shadow property.

Firefox, Chrome, Safari, and Opera support the text-shadow property.

All major browsers support the word-wrap property.

CSS3 Text Shadow

In CSS3, the text-shadow property applies shadow to text.


You specify the horizontal shadow, the vertical shadow, the blur distance, and the color of the shadow:


Add a shadow to a header:

text-shadow: 5px 5px 5px #FF0000;

CSS3 Word Wrapping

If a word is too long to fit within an area, it expands outside:

In CSS3, the word-wrap property allows you to force the text to wrap – even if it means splitting it in the middle of a word:

The CSS code is as follows:


Allow long words to be able to break and wrap onto the next line:

p {word-wrap:break-word;}