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CSS Tutorials: linking CSS to html

There are many ways to link style sheets to HTML. If you have an External Style Sheet (all our Templates have an External Style Sheet) you can simple link or import it to your html document. An External Style Sheet can be written in any text editor. The file should not contain any html tags and should be saved with a .css extension.
You can also create an Internal Style Sheet or Inline Styles.


External Style Sheet

An External Style Sheet is ideal when the style is applied to many pages. With an external style sheet, you can change the look of an entire Web site by changing one file. Each page must link to the style sheet using the <link> tag. The <link> tag goes inside the head section:

< head>
<link href="mystyle.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css">

Dreamweaver gives you an easy way to link a css file to your page. Use the CSS Styles panel to create, view properties of, and apply CSS styles to elements in a document.

To open the CSS Styles panel, do one of the following:

  • Choose Window > CSS Styles or

  • Press Shift+F11

  • In the CSS Styles panel, click the Attach Style Sheet button located at the bottom of the panel.


  • The Link External Style Sheet dialog box appears.

  • In the File/URL text box, enter the path to mystyle.css or click Browse and in the dialog box that appears navigate to the mystyle.css file, then click OK to select it.

  • In the Link External Style Sheet dialog box, for Add As, select Link.

  • Click OK and the style attributes are immediately applied.


A style sheet may be imported with CSS's @import statement. The <style> tag goes inside the head section:






< style type="text/css" >
< !-- @import url(;-->
< /style>


The browser will read the style definitions from the file mystyle.css, and format the document according to it. An example of a style sheet file is shown below:

hr {color: red}
p {margin-left: 20px}
body {background-image: url("images/back40.gif")}

Internal Style Sheet

An internal style sheet should be used when a single document has a unique style. You define internal styles in the head section by using the <style> tag, like this:

< head>
< style type="text/css">
< !--
hr {color: red}p {margin-left: 20px}body {background-image: url("images/bkg.gif")}
< /style>
< /head>

The Style attribute may be applied to any Body element. Use this method when a style is to be applied to a single occurrence of an element.


Inline Styles

To use inline styles you use the style attribute in the relevant tag. The style attribute can contain any CSS property. The example shows how to change the color and the left margin of a paragraph:

< p style="color: red; margin-left: 20px">Paragraph Text</p>


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