The overflow-x CSS property specifies whether to clip content, render a scroll bar, or display overflow content of a block-level element, when it overflows at the left and right edges.

Syntax

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

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

The overflow-x 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 left and right edges.
hidden
Content is clipped if necessary to fit horizontally in the padding box. No scrollbars are provided.
scroll
Content is clipped if necessary to fit horizontally in the padding box. 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 | scroll | auto

Examples

HTML

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

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

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

  <li><code>overflow-x: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-x: hidden;}
#div2 { overflow-x: scroll;}
#div3 { overflow-x: visible;}
#div4 { overflow-x: auto;}

Result

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
CSS Overflow Module Level 3
The definition of 'overflow-x' in that specification.
Working Draft  
CSS Basic Box Model
The definition of 'overflow-x' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Initial valuevisible
Applies tonon-replaced block-level elements and non-replaced inline-block elements
Inheritedno
Mediavisual
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderthe unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support1 Yes3.5

5

8 -ms-

9.53
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support1 Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

See also

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