Typesetting with CSS

by typora.io

This article explains common style preferences for your typesetting based on Custom CSS.

To use this, please read Custom CSS first.


Page Setting

Change Background

To change the background of your writing area, see https://support.typora.io/Backgound/.

Change Width of Writing Area

To change the width of your writing area, see https://support.typora.io/Width-of-Writing-Area/.

Text & Font

Change Font

To change font color, font family and font size, see https://support.typora.io/Custom-Font/.

Uppercase Headers

For example, to make Heading 1 uppercased, you can use:

h1 {
  text-transform: uppercase;

You can partially make some text uppercased by inputing HTML directly in Typora:

<span style="text-transform: uppercase;">This text will be in uppsercase</span>

Small-cap Headers

For example, to make Heading 4 small-caped, you can use:

h4 {
  font-variant: small-caps;

You can partially make some text in small-caps by inputing HTML directly in Typora:

<span style="font-variant: small-caps;">This text will be in small-caps</span>


You can change font ligatures by

#write {
  /* Keyword values */
  font-variant-ligatures: normal;
  font-variant-ligatures: none;
  font-variant-ligatures: common-ligatures;           /* <common-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: no-common-ligatures;        /* <common-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: discretionary-ligatures;    /* <discretionary-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: no-discretionary-ligatures; /* <discretionary-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: historical-ligatures;       /* <historical-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: no-historical-ligatures;    /* <historical-lig-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: contextual;                 /* <contextual-alt-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: no-contextual;              /* <contextual-alt-values> */
  font-variant-ligatures: contextual;                 /* <no-historical-ligatures> <common-ligatures> */

Paragraph & Alignment

Justify Alignment

#write {
  text-align: justify;

Center alignment

For example, center align Heading 4, you can use

h4 {

You can partially make a paragraph with centered texts by inputing HTML directly in Typora:

<center>Thsi text weill be center aligned</center>

Right to Left Writing

RTL (right-to-left) support is limited, see https://support.typora.io/RTL/.

Vertical Writing

Vertical writing support is limited.

#write {
   writing-mode: vertical-rl; /*make it vertical rendering*/
   -webkit-writing-mode: vertical-rl;
  text-orientation: mixed;
  overflow-x: auto; /* This enables horizontal scrolling */

/* remove the default margin top */
#write > p:first-child, #write > ul:first-child, #write > ol:first-child, #write > pre:first-child, #write > blockquote:first-child, #write > div:first-child, #write > table:first-child {
    margin-top: 0;

For known issues, see https://github.com/typora/typora-issues/issues/1121.

Center / Do not Center Image

In default theme, if one paragraph it nothing but one image, Typora will center align it.

To change this behavior, or center align multiple images, see https://support.typora.io/Images/#align-images.


Auto Numbering for Headings / Outline / TOC

See https://support.typora.io/Auto-Numbering/.

Control TOC Levels

See https://support.typora.io/TOC-levels/.

Change Color Themes for Code Fences / Source Code Mode

See https://support.typora.io/Code-Block-Styles/.

“Erase” Completed Tasks

See https://support.typora.io/Task-List/#erase-completed-tasks.

Styles for Diagrams

See https://support.typora.io/Draw-Diagrams-With-Markdown/#sequence-diagrams-options and https://support.typora.io/Draw-Diagrams-With-Markdown/#mermaid-options.


Change Styles for Focused / Unfocused Text in Focus Mode

See https://support.typora.io/Change-Styles-in-Focus-Mode/.

Do not Hide Markdown Syntax

You could check the https://theme.typora.io/theme/Monospace/ theme.

In short, it uses CSS to prevent markdown syntax from hiding:

.md-content {
  display: inline;