overflow-inline

The overflow-inline CSS property sets what shows when content overflows the inline start and end edges of a box. This may be nothing, a scroll bar, or the overflow content.

The overflow-inline property maps to overflow-y or overflow-x depending on the writing mode of the document.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
overflow-inline: visible;
overflow-inline: hidden;
overflow-inline: scroll;
overflow-inline: auto;

/* Global values */
overflow-inline: inherit;
overflow-inline: initial;
overflow-inline: unset;

The overflow-inline property is specified as a single keyword chosen from the list of values below.

Values

visible
Content is not clipped and may be rendered outside the padding box's inline start and end edges.
hidden
Content is clipped if necessary to fit the inline dimension in the padding box. No scrollbars are provided.
scroll
Content is clipped if necessary to fit in the padding box in the inline dimension. Browsers display scrollbars whether or not any content is actually clipped. (This prevents scrollbars from appearing or disappearing when the content changes.) Printers may still print overflowing content.
auto
Depends on the user agent. If content fits inside the padding box, it looks the same as visible, but still establishes a new block-formatting context. Desktop browsers provide scrollbars if content overflows.

Formal syntax

visible | hidden | clip | scroll | auto

Examples

HTML

<ul>
  <li><code>overflow-inline:hidden</code> — hides the text outside the box
    <div id="div1">
      ABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    </div>
  </li>

  <li><code>overflow-inline:scroll</code> — always adds a scrollbar
    <div id="div2">
      ABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    </div>
  </li>

  <li><code>overflow-inline:visible</code> — displays the text outside the box if needed
    <div id="div3">
      ABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    </div>
  </li>

  <li><code>overflow-inline:auto</code> — on most browsers, equivalent to <code>scroll</code>
    <div id="div4">
      ABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZABCDEFGHIJKLMOPQRSTUVWXYZ
    </div>
  </li>
</ul>

CSS

#div1, #div2, #div3, #div4 {
  border: 1px solid black;
  width:  250px;
  margin-bottom: 12px;
}

#div1 { overflow-inline: hidden;}
#div2 { overflow-inline: scroll;}
#div3 { overflow-inline: visible;}
#div4 { overflow-inline: auto;}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Overflow Module Level 3
The definition of 'overflow-inline' in that specification.
Working Draft
Initial valueauto
Applies toBlock-containers, flex containers, and grid containers
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderper grammar

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobile
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidSafari on iOSSamsung Internet
overflow-inlineChrome No support NoEdge No support NoFirefox Full support 69IE No support NoOpera No support NoSafari No support NoWebView Android No support NoChrome Android No support NoFirefox Android No support NoOpera Android No support NoSafari iOS No support NoSamsung Internet Android No support No

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See also