CSS | columns Property

In CSS the columns property is used to set the number of columns and the width of the columns. This is a shorthand property and can take multiple values at a time.

Syntax:

columns: column-width columns-count | auto | initial | inherit;

PropertyValues:



  • auto: This sets the column-width and column-count values to their browser default values.

    Syntax:

    columns: auto auto;
    

    Example 1: Using auto as the value.

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    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>
            CSS | columns Property
        </title>
        <style>
            body {
                text-align: center;
                color: green;
            }
              
            .GFG {
                -webkit-columns: auto auto;
                /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
                -moz-columns: auto auto;
                /* Firefox */
                columns: auto auto;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
      
    <body>
      
        <h1>The column Property</h1>
      
        <div class="GFG">
            <h2>Welcome to the world of Geeks!!</h2
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                  who always tries to learn new technology and
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                </p>
            </p>
        </div>
    </body>
      
    </html>

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    Output:

    Note: If any of the values among the column-width and column-count are not specified, then the browser assumes their value as auto by default.

  • integer: This is used to specify the column-width and the column-count using integer values.

    Syntax:

    columns: column-width column-count;
    

    Example 2:

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    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>
            CSS | columns Property
        </title>
        <style>
            body {
                text-align: center;
                color: green;
            }
              
            .GFG {
                -webkit-columns: 60px 5;
                /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
                -moz-columns: 60px 5;
                /* Firefox */
                columns: 60px 5;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
      
    <body>
      
        <h1>The column Property</h1>
      
        <div class="GFG">
            <h2>Welcome to the world of Geeks!!</h2
              How many times were you frustrated while 
              looking out for a good collection of
              programming/algorithm/interview questions? 
              What did you expect and what did you get? 
              This portal has been created to provide well 
              written, well thought and well-explained 
              solutions for selected questions.
      
            <p>
                <strong>Our team includes:</strong>
                <p>
                    Sandeep Jain: An IIT Roorkee alumnus 
                  and founder of GeeksforGeeks. He loves 
                  to solve programming problems in most 
                  efficient ways. Apart from GeeksforGeeks,
                  he has worked with DE Shaw and Co. as a 
                  software developer and JIIT Noida as an
                  assistant professor.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Vaibhav Bajpai: Amazed by computer 
                  science,he is a technology enthusiast who 
                  enjoys being a part of a development. Off
                  from work, you canfind him in love with 
                  movies, food, and friends.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shikhar Goel: A Computer Science graduate
                  who likes to make things simpler. When he's
                  not working, you can find him surfing the web,
                  learning facts, tricks and life hacks. 
                  He also enjoys movies in his leisure time.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Dharmesh Singh: A software developer who 
                  is always trying to push boundaries in search
                  of great breakthroughs. Off from his desk,
                  you can find him cheering up his buddies 
                  and enjoying life.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shubham Baranwal: A passionate developer 
                  who always tries to learn new technology and
                  software. In his free time, either he reads 
                  some articles or learns some other stuff.
                </p>
            </p>
        </div>
    </body>
      
    </html>

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    Output:

  • initial: Initializes the values to their initial default values.

    Syntax:

    columns: initial initial;
    

    Example 3:

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    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>
            CSS | columns Property
        </title>
        <style>
            body {
                text-align: center;
                color: green;
            }
              
            .GFG {
                -webkit-columns: initial initial;
                /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
                -moz-columns: initial initial;
                /* Firefox */
                columns: initial initial;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
      
    <body>
      
        <h1>The column Property</h1>
      
        <div class="GFG">
            <h2>Welcome to the world of Geeks!!</h2
              How many times were you frustrated while 
              looking out for a good collection of
              programming/algorithm/interview questions? 
              What did you expect and what did you get? 
              This portal has been created to provide well 
              written, well thought and well-explained 
              solutions for selected questions.
      
            <p>
                <strong>Our team includes:</strong>
                <p>
                    Sandeep Jain: An IIT Roorkee alumnus 
                  and founder of GeeksforGeeks. He loves 
                  to solve programming problems in most 
                  efficient ways. Apart from GeeksforGeeks,
                  he has worked with DE Shaw and Co. as a 
                  software developer and JIIT Noida as an
                  assistant professor.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Vaibhav Bajpai: Amazed by computer 
                  science,he is a technology enthusiast who 
                  enjoys being a part of a development. Off
                  from work, you canfind him in love with 
                  movies, food, and friends.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shikhar Goel: A Computer Science graduate
                  who likes to make things simpler. When he's
                  not working, you can find him surfing the web,
                  learning facts, tricks and life hacks. 
                  He also enjoys movies in his leisure time.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Dharmesh Singh: A software developer who 
                  is always trying to push boundaries in search
                  of great breakthroughs. Off from his desk,
                  you can find him cheering up his buddies 
                  and enjoying life.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shubham Baranwal: A passionate developer 
                  who always tries to learn new technology and
                  software. In his free time, either he reads 
                  some articles or learns some other stuff.
                </p>
            </p>
        </div>
    </body>
      
    </html>

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    Output:

  • inherit: Inherits the value from its parent element.

    Syntax:

    columns: inherit inherit;
    

    Example 4:

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    <!DOCTYPE html>
    <html>
      
    <head>
        <title>
            CSS | columns Property
        </title>
        <style>
            body {
                text-align: center;
                color: green;
            }
              
            .GFG {
                -webkit-columns: inherit inherit;
                /* Chrome, Safari, Opera */
                -moz-columns: inherit inherit;
                /* Firefox */
                columns: inherit inherit;
            }
        </style>
    </head>
      
    <body>
      
        <h1>The column Property</h1>
      
        <div class="GFG">
            <h2>Welcome to the world of Geeks!!</h2
              How many times were you frustrated while 
              looking out for a good collection of
              programming/algorithm/interview questions? 
              What did you expect and what did you get? 
              This portal has been created to provide well 
              written, well thought and well-explained 
              solutions for selected questions.
      
            <p>
                <strong>Our team includes:</strong>
                <p>
                    Sandeep Jain: An IIT Roorkee alumnus 
                  and founder of GeeksforGeeks. He loves 
                  to solve programming problems in most 
                  efficient ways. Apart from GeeksforGeeks,
                  he has worked with DE Shaw and Co. as a 
                  software developer and JIIT Noida as an
                  assistant professor.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Vaibhav Bajpai: Amazed by computer 
                  science,he is a technology enthusiast who 
                  enjoys being a part of a development. Off
                  from work, you canfind him in love with 
                  movies, food, and friends.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shikhar Goel: A Computer Science graduate
                  who likes to make things simpler. When he's
                  not working, you can find him surfing the web,
                  learning facts, tricks and life hacks. 
                  He also enjoys movies in his leisure time.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Dharmesh Singh: A software developer who 
                  is always trying to push boundaries in search
                  of great breakthroughs. Off from his desk,
                  you can find him cheering up his buddies 
                  and enjoying life.
                </p>
      
                <p>
                    Shubham Baranwal: A passionate developer 
                  who always tries to learn new technology and
                  software. In his free time, either he reads 
                  some articles or learns some other stuff.
                </p>
            </p>
        </div>
    </body>
      
    </html>
      
      
    </html>

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    Output:

Supported Browser: The browsers supported by columns Property are listed below:

  • Chrome 50.0, 4.0 -webkit-
  • Edge 10.0
  • Firefox 52.0, 9.0 -moz-
  • Opera 37.0, 15.0 -webkit- 11.1
  • Safari 9.0, 3.1 -webkit-


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