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Chapter 17. Visual Effects > overflow Property

17.1. overflow Property

The overflow property tells the browser what to do whenever the content contained within the bounding box of a block-level element extends beyond the dimensions of the box. Using this property, you can tell the browser to simply not display the content that “overflows” the boundary of the box, display a scrollbar so that the user can see the full content of the box if they desire, and more.

The overflow property can take any one of five different named values: visible, hidden, scroll, auto and inherit. With the visible value, the content contained within the box is not clipped, but is instead displayed, thereby forcing the box to fit the size of the content it contains.


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