Components

Inset text

When to use this component

Use the inset text component to differentiate a block of text from the content that surrounds it, for example:

  • quotes
  • examples
  • additional information about the page

When not to use this component

Some users do not notice inset text if it’s used on complex pages or near to other visually prominent elements. For this reason, avoid using inset text as a way of highlighting very important information that users need to see.

If you need to draw attention to very important content, like legal information, use the warning text component instead.

How it works

Use inset text very sparingly - it’s less effective if it’s overused.

There are 2 ways to use the inset text component. You can use HTML or, if you’re using Nunjucks or the GOV.UK Prototype Kit, you can use the Nunjucks macro.

<div class="govuk-inset-text">
  It can take up to 8 weeks to register a lasting power of attorney if there are no mistakes in the application.
</div>
{% from "inset-text/macro.njk" import govukInsetText %}

{{ govukInsetText({
  text: "It can take up to 8 weeks to register a lasting power of attorney if there are no mistakes in the application."
}) }}

You can configure this component using the Nunjucks macro arguments.

Research on this component

If you’ve used this component, get in touch to share your user research findings.

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question, idea or suggestion share it in #govuk-design-system on cross-government Slack (open in app) or email the Design System team on govuk-design-system-support@digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk

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