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The overflow property is used when a block-level element’s content overflows its container to designate whether the overflow content should be clipped, a scroll bar added, or displayed.


Note that the overflow property only works on block elements with a set height.

div.one {
  overflow: scroll;

div.two {
  overflow: hidden;

div.three {
  overflow: auto;

div.four {
  overflow: clip;

div.five {
  overflow: visible;


Default value. Overflow content is not clipped and may be rendered outside of the content box.

Overflow content is clipped and invisible without any scroll bars, but content can be scrolled programmatically (i.e. with JavaScript).

Overflow content is clipped and invisible. Scrolling, including programmatic scrolling, is forbidden.

Overflow content is clipped and a scrolling mechanism is rendered.

Should render a scrolling mechanism for overflowing content.

Sets the property to its default value.

Inherits this property’s value from its parent item.

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