Custom List Number Styling

How about a classic CSS trick! This isn’t even so tricky anymore, since CSS has counter-increment and counter-reset and such that is perfect for this. I just wanted to make sure you knew how it works and had some easy-to-copy examples at the ready.

Let’s say all you wanna do is style the dang numbers:

See the Pen Custom List Style 2 by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

Here’s an example from the CodePen Challenges pages:

See the Pen Custom List Counters by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

The keyframers made a Pen the other day that used pretty cool styles. Here’s a redux:

See the Pen Custom List Style 3 by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

Recipe sites are great places to look for custom list styles, as lists of steps are such a prevelant feature. On Mat Marquis’ site, he’s got some fun ones. I ripped off his CSS and moved it here:

See the Pen Wilto Counters by Chris Coyier (@chriscoyier) on CodePen.

Make sure to check out the fun little media query change. Lea Verou’s food site, of course, has counter-based numbering as well.

Here’s an interesting demo from Jonathan Snook that has a “timeline” look and uses custom counters to label each section:

See the Pen Timeline CSS with Counters by Jonathan Snook (@snookca) on CodePen.

More Information

  • Counting With CSS Counters and CSS Grid
  • Numbering In Style
  • Fun Times with CSS Counters
  • Style List Markers in CSS
  • counter-increment and counter-reset in the Almanac, and the theoretical ::marker
  • Automatic Numbering With CSS Counters
  • Ordered Lists with Unicode Symbols

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