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How to Add Horizontal Lines Before and After a Text in HTML

Ayodele Samuel Adebayo
·Feb 28, 2022·

3 min read

How to Add Horizontal Lines Before and After a Text in HTML

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Table of contents

  • 1. Create an HTML text tag.
  • 2. Adding the Left Line
  • 3. Set the hr-lines to relative
  • 4. Adding the Right Line
  • Final Output:
  • Wrapping Up

This article will guide you on how to add a horizontal line to the right and left side of a text as shown below:

HTML text with lines right and left

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1. Create an HTML text tag.

In your HTML file create an h2 tag and give it a class name of hr-lines

<h2 class="hr-lines">PEACE</h2>

2. Adding the Left Line

We'll make use of the CSS :before pseudo-element to add a line to the left side of the text. Apply the code below to your CSS file:

.hr-lines:before{
  content:" ";
  display: block;
  height: 2px;
  width: 130px;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  left: 0;
  background: red;
}

From the above code, we're creating a new element with a height of 2px and width of 130px before the hr-lines element using the content property, then giving it an absolute position in order to move it around, we set the top to 50% to make it align with the text at the middle.

creating a text with left and right lines

3. Set the hr-lines to relative

For the pseudo-elements to be applied to the target element, we must set the position of the element to a relative, this will make all the movement of the :before and :after be relative to the parent (text).

Add the following lines to your CSS files.

.hr-lines{
  position: relative;
}

Resulting output

creating a text with left and right lines

We can fix this by setting the max-width and adding margin to the element.

.hr-lines{
  position: relative;
  /*  new lines  */
  max-width: 500px;
  margin: 100px auto;
  text-align: center;
}

how to create a text with horizontal lines

We're setting the :before to the left side of the text by setting the left:0.

4. Adding the Right Line

We'll make use of the :after pseudo-element to add the right line.

Add the following lines of code to your CSS file to add the right line to the text.

.hr-lines:after{
  content:" ";
  height: 2px;
  width: 130px;
  background: red;
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  right: 0;
}

We're setting the :after to the right side of the text by setting the right:0.

Final Output:

HTML text with lines right and left

}


The Complete Code

index.html

<h2 class="hr-lines"> PEACE </h2>

<section>
  <div>
    <p>I wish for peace in Russia & Ukraine</p>
  </div>
<section>

index.css

.hr-lines{
  position: relative;
  max-width: 500px;
  margin: 100px auto;
  text-align: center;
}

.hr-lines:before{
  content:" ";
  height: 2px;
  width: 130px;
  background: red;
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  left: 0;
}

.hr-lines:after{
  content:" ";
  height: 2px;
  width: 130px;
  background: red;
  display: block;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  right: 0;
}

p{
  text-transform: uppercase;
  color: red;
}

section{
  display: flex;
  justify-content: center;
  align-items:center;
  gap: 1rem;

}

div{
  width: 500px;
    border: 1px solid #ccc;
  padding: 10px;
  height: 100px;
  display: flex;
  justify-content: center;
  align-items: center;
  line-height: 1.4;
}

Wrapping Up

I hope that this article will assist you in creating a text with horizontal right and left lines at some point in the future.


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