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The display-outside CSS property specifies the outer display type of the box generated by an element, dictating how the element participates in its parent formatting context.

/* Keyword values */
display-outside: block-level;
display-outside: inline-level;
display-outside: run-in;
display-outside: contents;
display-outside: none;
display-outside: table-row-group;
display-outside: table-header-group;
display-outside: table-footer-group;
display-outside: table-row;
display-outside: table-cell;
display-outside: table-column-group;
display-outside: table-column;
display-outside: table-caption;
display-outside: ruby-base;
display-outside: ruby-text;
display-outside: ruby-base-container;
display-outside: ruby-text-container;

/* Global values */
display-outside: inherit;
display-outside: initial;
display-outside: unset;

Initial valueinline-level
Applies toall elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


One of the keyword values listed below.


The element generates a block-level box, and participates in a block formatting context. Other formatting contexts, such as flex formatting contexts, may also work with block-level elements.
The element generates an inline-level box, and participates in an inline formatting context.
The element generates a run-in box. Run-in elements act like inlines or blocks, depending on the surrounding elements.
The element lays out its contents using flex layout.
The element generates no boxes, and does not participate in any formatting context.
table-row-group, table-header-group, table-footer-group, table-row, table-cell, table-column-group, table-column, table-caption
The element is an internal table element, and participates in a table layout context.

table-cell and table-caption are layout-specific leaf types; the rest are layout-specific internal types.
ruby-base, ruby-text, ruby-base-container, ruby-text-container
The element is an internal ruby element, and participates in a ruby layout context.

ruby-base and ruby-text are layout-specific leaf types; ruby-base-container and ruby-text-container are layout-specific internal types.
layout-specific internal types
These display types require their parent and children to be of particular display types. For example, a table-row box requires its parent to be a table row group box and its children to be table-cell boxes.
layout-specific leaf types
These display types require their parent to be of a particular display type, but can accept any display-inside value. For example, a table-caption box must have a table parent, but can establish any kind of formatting context for its children.

Formal syntax

block-level | inline-level | run-in | contents | none | table-row-group | table-header-group | table-footer-group | table-row | table-cell | table-column-group | table-column | table-caption | ruby-base | ruby-text | ruby-base-container | ruby-text-container


Specification Status Comment
CSS Display Module Level 3
The definition of 'display-outside' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support No support No support No support No support No support
Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support No support No support No support No support No support

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