The widows CSS property specifies the minimum number of lines in a block container that must be shown at the top of a page, region, or column. This property is normally used to control how breaks occur.

/* <integer> values */
widows: 2;
widows: 3;

/* Global values */
widows: inherit;
widows: initial;
widows: unset;

In typography, a widow is the last line of a paragraph that appears alone at the top of a page. (The paragraph is continued from a prior page.)

Initial value2
Applies toblock container elements
Computed valueas specified
Animation typediscrete
Canonical orderper grammar



The minimum number of lines that can stay by themselves at the top of a new fragment after a fragmentation break. The value must be positive.

Formal syntax




  <p>This is the first paragraph containing some text.</p>
  <p>This is the second paragraph containing some more text than the first one. It is used to demonstrate how widows work.</p>
  <p>This is the third paragraph. It has a little bit more text than the first one.</p>


div {
  background-color: #8cffa0;
  columns: 3;
  widows: 2;

p {
  background-color: #8ca0ff;

p:first-child {
  margin-top: 0;



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

Browser Compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support25 Yes No89.2 No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support No ? ? No ? No ?

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