CSS overflow Property

Show different overflow property values:

div.ex1 {
overflow: scroll;
}div.ex2 {
overflow: hidden;

div.ex3 {
overflow: auto;

div.ex4 {
overflow: visible;


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Definition and Usage

The overflow property specifies what should happen if content overflows an element’s box.

This property specifies whether to clip content or to add scrollbars when an element’s content is too big to fit in a specified area.

Note: The overflow property only works for block elements with a specified height.

Default value: visible
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS2
JavaScript syntax: object.style.overflow=”scroll”Try it

CSS Syntax

overflow: visible|hidden|scroll|auto|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description
visible The overflow is not clipped. It renders outside the element’s box. This is default
hidden The overflow is clipped, and the rest of the content will be invisible
scroll The overflow is clipped, but a scroll-bar is added to see the rest of the content
auto If overflow is clipped, a scroll-bar should be added to see the rest of the content
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit