Setting CSS Styles for an Element Using JavaScript

JavaScript provides a convenient way to manipulate the styles of an element by accessing its style property.

In this article, we'll explore how to set CSS styles for an element using JavaScript.

The "style" Property

Every HTML element has a style property that represents its inline styles.

The style property is an object with properties corresponding to the various CSS styles that can be applied to the element.

Changing Individual Styles

You can set individual styles by assigning values to the corresponding properties of the style object.

For example, to set the background color of an element:

// Get the element (replace 'elementId' with the actual ID)
const element = document.getElementById('elementId');

// Set the background color to red = 'red';

Setting Multiple Styles

To set multiple styles at once, you can use the cssText property of the style object:

// Get the element (replace 'elementId' with the actual ID)
const element = document.getElementById('elementId');

// Set multiple styles using cssText = 'color: blue; font-size: 18px; border: 2px solid black;';

Example: Dynamically Styling an Element

Let's create a complete example where a button click dynamically styles an HTML element:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html lang="en">
  <meta charset="UTF-8">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
  <title>Set Style Example</title>
    /* Optional styling for better presentation */
    body {
      display: flex;
      align-items: center;
      justify-content: center;
      height: 100vh;
      margin: 0;

    button {
      padding: 10px;
      font-size: 16px;
      cursor: pointer;

    #targetElement {
      padding: 20px;
      border: 2px solid black;
      margin-top: 20px;

  <button onclick="setDynamicStyles()">Set Dynamic Styles</button>
  <div id="targetElement">I'm a target element</div>

    // Function to set dynamic styles for the target element
    function setDynamicStyles() {
      // Get the target element
      const targetElement = document.getElementById('targetElement');

      // Set dynamic styles = 'lightblue'; = 'darkblue'; = 'bold'; = '15px';

In this example:


Manipulating the styles of HTML elements dynamically is a powerful feature of JavaScript.

By accessing the style property of an element, you can set individual styles or update multiple styles at once.

This capability is essential for creating interactive and visually appealing web applications.

Incorporate these techniques into your projects to enhance the flexibility and responsiveness of your user interfaces.