CSS overflow-x Property

The overflow-x property specifies whether the content should be hidden, visible or scrolls horizontally when the content overflows the element’s left and right edges. This property is one of the CSS3 properties.

The overflow-x property has four main values: visible, scroll, auto and hidden.

If the overflow-y property is hidden, scroll or auto, and the overflow-x is visible by default, it will compute to auto.

Initial Value visible
Applies to Block-containers, flex containers and grid containers.
Inherited No.
Animatable No.
Version CSS3
DOM Syntax object.style.overflowX = "visible";

Syntax

overflow-x: visible | hidden | scroll | auto | initial | inherit;

Example of the overflow-x property:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      div.example {
      background-color: #1c87c9;
      color: #fff;
      width: 40px;
      overflow-x: scroll;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Overflow-x property example</h2>
    <h3>Overflow-x: scroll</h3>
    <div class="example">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Example of the overflow-x property with the "visible" value:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      div.example {
      background-color: #1c87c9;
      color: #cccccc;
      width: 40px;
      overflow-x: visible;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Overflow-x property example</h2>
    <h3>Overflow-x: visible</h3>
    <div class="example">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
  </body>
</html>

Example of the overflow-x property with the "hidden" value:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      div.example {
      background-color: #1c87c9;
      color: #fff;
      width: 40px;
      overflow-x: hidden;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Overflow-x property example</h2>
    <h3>Overflow-x: hidden</h3>
    <div class="example">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
  </body>
</html>

Example of the overflow-x property with the "auto" value:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      div.example {
      background-color: #1c87c9;
      color: #fff;
      width: 40px;
      overflow-x: auto;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Overflow-x property example</h2>
    <h3>Overflow-x: auto</h3>
    <div class="example">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
  </body>
</html>

Example of the overflow-x property with all the values:

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
    <style>
      div.scroll {
      background-color: #ccc;
      width: 50px;
      overflow-x: scroll;
      }
      div.hidden {
      background-color: #ccc;
      width: 50px;
      overflow: hidden;
      }
      div.auto {
      background-color: #ccc;
      width: 50px;
      overflow: auto;
      }
      div.visible {
      background-color: #ccc;
      width: 50px;
      overflow: visible;
      }
    </style>
  </head>
  <body>
    <h2>Overflow-x property example</h2>
    <h3>overflow-x: scroll</h3>
    <div class="scroll">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
    <h3>overflow-x: hidden</h3>
    <div class="hidden">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
    <h3>overflow-x: auto</h3>
    <div class="auto">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
    <h3>overflow-x: visible</h3>
    <div class="visible">Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry.</div>
  </body>
</html>

Values

Value Description
visible The content is not clipped and renders outside the padding box's left and right edges. This is the default value of this property.
hidden The content is clipped to fit horizontally in the padding box. No scrollbar is added.
scroll The content is clipped to fit horizontally in the padding box. The scrollbar is added to see the rest of the content.
auto The content is clipped to fit horizontally in the padding box. Depends on the browser. If content overflows, scrollbar is added.
initial Makes the property use its default value.
inherit Inherits the property from its parents element.

Browser support

1.0+ 12.0+ 3.5+ 3.0+ 9.5+

Practice Your Knowledge

Which of the followings is not a value for the overflow-x property ?



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