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The overflow-x 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.

/* Content is not clipped */
overflow-x: visible;

/* Content is clipped, with no scrollbars */
overflow-x: hidden;

/* Content is clipped, with scrollbars */
overflow-x: scroll;

/* Let the browser decide */
overflow-x: auto;

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

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



Content is not clipped, it may be rendered outside the content box.
The content is clipped and no scrollbars are provided.
The content is clipped and desktop browsers use scrollbars, whether or not any content is clipped. This avoids any problem with scrollbars appearing and disappearing in a dynamic environment. Printers may print overflowing content.
Depends on the user agent. Desktop browsers like Firefox provide scrollbars if content overflows.

Formal syntax

visible | hidden | scroll | auto



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

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

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

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


#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;}



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

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Edge Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 3.5 (1.9.1) 5.0[1] 9.5 3.0
Feature Android Chrome for Android Edge Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

[1] Internet Explorer 8 introduced -ms-overflow-x as a synonym for overflow-x. Don't use the -ms- prefix.

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