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    The widows CSS property defines how many minimum lines must be left on top of a new page, on a paged media. In typography, a widow is the last line of a paragraph appearing alone at the top of a page. Setting the widows property allows to prevent widows to be left.

    On a non-paged media, like screen, the widows CSS property has no effect.


    Formal syntax: <integer>
    widows: 2
    widows: 3
    widows: inherit


    Denotes the minimum amount of lines that can stay alone on the top of a new page. If the value is not positive, the declaration is invalid.


    p {
      widows: 3;


    Specification Status Comment
    CSS Fragmentation Module Level 3
    The definition of 'widows' in that specification.
    Working Draft Extends widows to apply to any type of fragment, like pages, regions or columns.
    CSS Multi-column Layout Module
    The definition of 'widows' in that specification.
    Candidate Recommendation Recommend to consider widows in relation with columns
    CSS Level 2 (Revision 1)
    The definition of 'widows' in that specification.
    Recommendation Initial specification.

    Browser Compatibility

    Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari (WebKit)
    Basic support 25 Not supported 8 9.2 Not supported
    Feature Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Phone Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
    Basic support Not supported Not supported ? ? Not supported

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    Last updated by: Sebastianz,