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How to define preformatted text using HTML ?

  • Last Updated : 24 Jun, 2020

In this article, we define a preformatted text in HTML by using the <pre> tag in the document. It is used to define the block of preformatted text that preserves the text spaces, line breaks, tabs, and other formatting characters which are ignored by web browsers. Text in the pre tag is displayed in a fixed-width font, but it can be changed using CSS. The pre tag requires a starting and ending tag.

Syntax:

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<pre> Contents... </pre>

Example 1:




<html
    <head
        <title>HTML5: How to define preformatted text?
</title
<style>
    h2
    {
        Text-align:center;
    }
</style>
    </head
    <body
    <h2>GeeKsForGeeks</h2>
    <h2>HTML5: How to define preformatted text
</h2>
        <pre
            GeeksforGeeks 
            A Computer Science Portal For Geeks 
        </pre
    </body
</html>                     

Output:



Example 2:




<html
    <head
        <title>HTML5: How to define preformatted text?
</title
<style>
    h2
    {
        Text-align:center;
    }
</style>
    </head
    <body
    <h2>GeeKsForGeeks</h2>
    <h2>HTML5: How to define preformatted text
</h2>
        <pre>
this  is  a   
pre   
     formatted   
                  text
</pre>
    </body
</html>                     

Output:

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