overflow-x property CSS Reference

Definition and Usage

The overflow-x CSS property specifies whether to clip content, render a scroll bar or display overflow content of a block-level element, when it overflows at the left and right edges.

  • Initial visible
  • Applies to non-replaced block-level elements and non-replaced inline-block elements
  • Inherited no
  • Media visual
  • Computed Value as specified
  • Animatable no
  • Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


Formal syntax: visible | hidden | scroll | auto
overflow-x: visible
overflow-x: hidden
overflow-x: scroll
overflow-x: auto
overflow-x: inherit


Content is not clipped, it may be rendered outside the content box.
The content is clipped and no scrollbars are provided.
The content is clipped and desktop browsers use scrollbars, whether or not any content is clipped. This avoids any problem with scrollbars appearing and disappearing in a dynamic environment. Printers may print overflowing content.
Depends on the user agent. Desktop browsers like Firefox provide scrollbars if content overflows.


No examples


Desktop browsers

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support 1.0 3.5 (1.9.1) 5.0 9.5 3.0

Mobile browsers

Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support 1.0 (Yes) 1.0 (1.9.1) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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