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Specifies how to handle content overflow of an element if the content does not fit within the predefined boundaries of the element.

Browser/User Agent Support

IE Netscape Mozilla Opera Safari
5.0-6.07.0+ 4.0+ 1.0+ 4.0+ 1.3.2+
  • IE: Support for overflow is almost complete for IE 5-6
  • Safari: Support for overflow is not dynamic.


inherit Inherit the value from the parent element.
visible Content is rendered outside of the element.
hidden Content is clipped at the boundaries of the element.
scroll Display scroll bars to access overflow content.
auto Overflow behavior to be determined by the window or user settings.


For a demonstration of the overflow attribute, see the demo page on quirksmode:




Examples -> Source code Demo online - > overflow:

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