What is the difference between display: inline and display: inline-block in CSS?

The display property in CSS is very useful and commonly used property which contains many values. This article contains display:inline and display:inline-block property.

“display: inline” Property: This property is used to display an element as an inline element (like <span>). The height and width properties are not effected on display:inline; property. It allows only left and right side of margins, not top and bottom. In simple words it has no line break before and after of its neighbor elements and it allows HTML next to it.

Syntax:

element {
    display: inline;
    // CSS property
}

Example 1:

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>display:inline; property</title>
        <style>
            p {
                color: green;
            }
            .gfg {
                display: inline;
                padding: 15px 15px;
                border: 1px solid black;
                color:white;
                background-color:green;
            }
            div {
                text-align:justify;
            }
            h1 {
                color:green;
            }
            h1, h2 {
                text-align:center;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
    <body>
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
        <h2>display: inline; property</h2>
        <div>Prepare for the Recruitment drive of product based
        companies like <span class = "gfg">Microsoft, Amazon, 
        Adobe</span> etc with a free online placement preparation
        course. The course focuses on various MCQ's & Coding question 
        likely to be asked in the interviews & make your upcoming 
        placement season efficient and successful.
        </div>
    </body>
</html>                    

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Output:
inline



“display: inline-block” Property: This property is used to display an element as an inline-level block container. The element itself is formatted as an inline element, but it can apply height and width values. It is placed as an inline element (on the same line as adjacent content). It looks like an inline element but it behaves as a block element and don’t force to line break.

Syntax:

element {
    display: inline-block;
    // CSS property
}

Example 2:

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
    <head>
        <title>display:inline-block; property</title>
        <style>
            p {
                color: green;
            }
            .gfg {
                display: inline-block;
                padding: 15px 15px;
                border: 1px solid black;
                color:white;
                background-color:green;
            }
            div {
                text-align:justify;
            }
            h1 {
                color:green;
            }
            h1, h2 {
                text-align:center;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
    <body>
        <h1>GeeksforGeeks</h1>
        <h2>display: inline-block; property</h2>
        <div>Prepare for the Recruitment drive of product based
        companies like <span class = "gfg">Microsoft, Amazon, 
        Adobe</span> etc with a free online placement preparation
        course. The course focuses on various MCQ's & Coding question 
        likely to be asked in the interviews & make your upcoming 
        placement season efficient and successful.
        </div>
    </body>
</html>                    

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Output:
inline-block



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