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CSS overflow-x Property

Last Updated : 13 Jun, 2023
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The overflow-x property in CSS specifies whether to add a scroll bar, clip the content, or display overflow content of a block-level element, when it overflows at the left and right edges. 

In other words, this property helps us to display the content which is overflowing from the page horizontally.

The default value of the overflow-x property is visible. This CSS property is not animatable.


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

Property Values: 

  • visible: This property does not clip the content. The content may be rendered outside the left and right edges.
  • hidden: It is used to clip the content and no scrolling mechanism is provided.
  • scroll: It is used to clip the content and provide a scrolling mechanism.
  • auto: It provides a scrolling mechanism for overflowing boxes.
  • initial: This property is used to set the overflow-x property to its default value.
  • inherit: This property is inherited from its parent.

Example: In this example, we are using the above-explained property.


<!DOCTYPE html>
        div.example1 {
            background-color: green;
            width: 80px;
            overflow-x: scroll;
        div.example2 {
            background-color: green;
            width: 80px;
            overflow-x: hidden;
        div.example3 {
            background-color: green;
            width: 80px;
            overflow-x: auto;
        div.example4 {
            background-color: green;
            width: 80px;
            overflow-x: visible;
        The overflow-x property specifies whether to
        clip the content, add a scroll bar, or display
        overflow content of a block-level element,
        when it overflows at the left and right edges.
    <h2>overflow-x: scroll:</h2>
    <div class="example1">
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    <h2>overflow-x: hidden:</h2>
    <div class="example2">
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    <h2>overflow-x: auto:</h2>
    <div class="example3">
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    <h2>overflow-x: visible (default):</h2>
    <div class="example4">
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Supported Browsers: The browsers supported by the overflow-x property are listed below: 

  • Google Chrome 1.0
  • Edge 12
  • Internet Explorer 5.0
  • Firefox 3.5
  • Safari 3.0
  • Opera 9.5

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