Quick reference

tracking-tighterletter-spacing: -0.05em;
tracking-tightletter-spacing: -0.025em;
tracking-normalletter-spacing: 0em;
tracking-wideletter-spacing: 0.025em;
tracking-widerletter-spacing: 0.05em;
tracking-widestletter-spacing: 0.1em;

Basic usage

Setting the letter spacing

Use the tracking-* utilities to control the letter spacing of an element.


The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.


The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.


The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.

<p class="tracking-tight ...">The quick brown fox ...</p>
<p class="tracking-normal ...">The quick brown fox ...</p>
<p class="tracking-wide ...">The quick brown fox ...</p>

Using negative values

To use a negative letter-spacing value, prefix the class name with a dash to convert it to a negative value.

Using negative values doesn’t make a ton of sense with the letter-spacing scale Tailwind includes out of the box, but if you’ve opted to customize your letter-spacing scale to use numbers instead of descriptive words like “wide” the negative value modifier can be useful.

<p class="-tracking-2">The quick brown fox ...</p>

Applying conditionally

Hover, focus, and other states

Tailwind lets you conditionally apply utility classes in different states using variant modifiers. For example, use hover:tracking-wide to only apply the tracking-wide utility on hover.

<p class="tracking-tight hover:tracking-wide">
  <!-- ... -->

For a complete list of all available state modifiers, check out the Hover, Focus, & Other States documentation.

Breakpoints and media queries

You can also use variant modifiers to target media queries like responsive breakpoints, dark mode, prefers-reduced-motion, and more. For example, use md:tracking-wide to apply the tracking-wide utility at only medium screen sizes and above.

<p class="tracking-tight md:tracking-wide">
  <!-- ... -->

To learn more, check out the documentation on Responsive Design, Dark Mode and other media query modifiers.

Using custom values

Customizing your theme

By default, Tailwind provides six letter-spacing utilities. You can change, add, or remove these by editing the theme.letterSpacing section of your Tailwind config.

module.exports = {
  theme: {
    letterSpacing: {
      tightest: '-.075em',
      tighter: '-.05em',
      tight: '-.025em',
      normal: '0',
      wide: '.025em',
      wider: '.05em',
      widest: '.1em',
      widest: '.25em',

Learn more about customizing the default theme in the theme customization documentation.

Arbitrary values

If you need to use a one-off letter-spacing value that doesn’t make sense to include in your theme, use square brackets to generate a property on the fly using any arbitrary value.

<p class="tracking-[.25em]">
  <!-- ... -->

Learn more about arbitrary value support in the arbitrary values documentation.