HTML <b> Tag

The <b> tag highlights text in bold, but without any special importance. For important text that needs to be emphasized in bold, use the <strong> tag.

HTML Tag

Example

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A <b> tag that boldens the word 'Monday'.

Let's go visit the Louvre in Paris on Monday.

<p>Let's go visit the Louvre in Paris on <b>Monday</b>.</p>
b = bold

Using <b>

The <b> tag displays text in bold.

This element was originally known as the Boldface element.

More Examples

A couple <b> tags that highlight some text fragments.

C├ęzanne's early work is often concerned with the figure in the landscape and includes many paintings of groups of large, heavy figures in the landscape, imaginatively painted.

Later in his career, he became more interested in working from direct observation and gradually developed a light, airy painting style

<p>
  Cézanne's <b>early work</b> is often concerned with the figure 
  in the landscape and includes many paintings of groups of large, 
  heavy figures in the landscape, imaginatively painted. 
</p>
<p>
  <b>Later in his career</b>, he became more interested in working 
  from direct observation and gradually developed a light, 
  airy painting style
</p>

Tip: The bold tag has been called an 'element of last resort'.
There are alternative approaches, particularly CSS, which give you more control.


Attributes for <b>

The <b> element has no attributes, but it does accept global attributes.
The following are occasionally used.

Attribute Value Description
id    value Provides the b element with a unique identifier.
class    classnames Assigns one or more classnames to the b element.
style    CSS-values Assigns CSS style values to the b element.

For additional global attributes see our global attributes list.


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Difference between <b> and <strong>

The <b> and <strong> elements both make the text appear in bold.

In the early days of the Internet, the <b> tag was used to emphasize or highlight text.

When semantic tags were introduced in HTML5, the <strong> tag became the preferred approach to display important text that requires emphasis or highlighting.


Text Tags

The <b> tag is part of a group of tags that are used to create and format text documents. This group is referred to as the Text tag group. Together, these tags allow you to create comprehensive HTML text documents.

Here is a list of text tags.

Element Description
<h1>-<h6> Defines text headings in 6 different sizes
<p> Creates a paragraph
<span> Container for one or more inline text elements
<br> Creates a line break
<sup> Specifies superscript text
<sub> Specifies subscripted text
<u> Specifies underlined text
<i> Specifies italic text
<b> Specifies bold text
<em> Marks text that needs emphasis
<strong> Indicates text that is important or with high urgency
<del> Defines deleted text
<ins> Defines inserted text
<ruby> Represents a small annotation with pronunciation of text
<kbd> Specifies keyboard input, such as, CTRL or ALT
<wbr> Specifies a preferred word-break location for long words

Browser support

Here is when <b> support started for each browser:

Chrome
1.0 Sep 2008
Firefox
1.0 Sep 2002
IE/Edge
1.0 Aug 1995
Opera
1.0 Jan 2006
Safari
1.0 Jan 2003

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