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How to Use Tailwind Overflow: Make Your Design Readable

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) provide standards formarket web accessibility. One of the essential features of web accessibility is text resizing. It allows users with low vision, dyslexia, or other impairments to adjust the text size according to their preferences and needs. However, resizing text can cause layout and design issues such as overflowing, overlapping, or distortion.

Tailwind CSS is a powerful tool that provides developers with a vast array of utility classes to solve common CSS problems. One such problem is text overflow, which occurs when content cannot fit within its container. The Tailwind CSS overflow utility class provides a simple and concise way to manipulate an element’s behavior in these cases.

How to Use Tailwind Overflow

The overflow utility class can be used to control how an element’s content is handled when it is too large for its container. This is particularly useful for ensuring that text remains readable and does not overlap or become distorted when resized.

By default, Tailwind CSS sets the overflow property to visible, which means that content will overflow its container if it is too large.

Tailwind CSS overflow is a utility class that can help manipulate the element’s behavior in cases when the content cannot fit within its borders.

Tailwind CSS Overflow

In contrast to Tailwind overflow, the CSS overflow property provides more than one value. The CSS overflow property serves the same purpose as that of Tailwind overflow, which is for controlling how element content is taken care of, which is excessively enormous for the container. However, Tailwind overflow has a shorter syntax.

  • overflow-auto: Adds scrollbars to the element if its content overflows its container.

  • overflow-hidden: Hides any content that overflows the element’s container.

  • overflow-visible: Allows content to overflow the element’s container.

  • overflow-scroll: Adds scrollbars to the element if its content is overflowing its container, even if the content is not large enough to require scrolling.

The overflow utility class can be used in combination with other Tailwind CSS classes to create complex layouts and designs.

For example, the following code uses the overflow class to create a card with a fixed height and a scrollable text area:

With vanilla CSS

body {
  background: #ffffff url("https://play.tailwindcss.com/img/beams.jpg") no-repeat center;
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  padding: 8rem;
}

.card {
  width: 300px;
  height: 100px;
  border: 1px solid #bbbbbb;
  color: #333333;
  font-family: sans-serif;
  padding: 0;
  background: #ffffff url("https://play.tailwindcss.com/img/grid.svg") no-repeat center;
  text-overflow: ellipsis;
  overflow-x: hidden;
  overflow-y: auto;
  display: -webkit-box;
  -webkit-line-clamp: 3;
  -webkit-box-orient: vertical;
}

.text {
  word-wrap: pre;
  padding: 8px;
  width: 100%;
  height: 100%;
}

<div class="card">
  <div class="text">
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CSS overflow demo

With Tailwind CSS

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Overflow Classes

Tailwind CSS provides a variety of overflow classes to help you manage content that overflows its container. Here are some common classes:

Tailwind CSS Overflow

Tailwind CSS Overflow Table

Class Properties overflow-auto overflow: auto; overflow-hidden overflow: hidden; overflow-clip overflow: clip; overflow-x-clip overflow-x: clip; overflow-y-clip overflow-y: clip; overflow-visible overflow: visible; overflow-scroll overflow: scroll; overflow-x-auto overflow-x: auto; overflow-y-auto overflow-y: auto; overflow-x: hidden; overflow-y: hidden; overflow-x: visible; overflow-y: visible; overflow-y: visible; overflow-x: scroll; overflow-y-scroll overflow-y: scroll;

If you prefer learning with videos, I have included a video on “How to Use Overflow In Tailwind” below ⬇

overflow-auto

The overflow-auto class is a Tailwind utility class that is used to add scrollbars to an element when its content overflows the bounds of that element. Unlike overflow-scroll, which always shows scrollbars, this utility will only show them if scrolling is necessary. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-auto">
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overflow-auto demo

overflow-hidden

The overflow-hidden class is a Tailwind CSS utility that is used to clip an element that overflows the bounds of that element. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-hidden">
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overflow-hidden demo

overflow-scroll

You can use the overflow-scroll class is a Tailwind utility class to add a scrollbar to an element for content visibility. Unlike overflow-auto, which only shows scrollbars if they are necessary, this utility always shows them.

πŸ“Note: Some operating systems (like macOS) hide unnecessary scrollbars regardless of this setting.

Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-scroll">
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overflow-scroll demo

overflow-x-auto

We use the overflow-x-auto class to control horizontal overflow with automatic scrolling. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-x-auto">
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overflow-x-auto demo

overflow-y-auto

We use the overflow-y-auto class to manage vertical overflow with automatic scrolling. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-y-auto">
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overflow-y-auto demo

overflow-x-hidden

The overflow-x-hidden class clips content and disables horizontal scroll. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-x-hidden">
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overflow-x-hidden demo

overflow-y-hidden

The overflow-y-hidden class clips content and prevents vertical scroll. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-y-hidden">
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overflow-y-hidden demo

overflow-visible

The overflow-visible class prevents content within an element from being clipped.

πŸ“Note: Any content that overflows the bounds of the element will then be visible.

Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-visible">
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overflow-visible demo

overflow-x-visible

The overflow-x-visible class allows content to render left and right edges. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-x-visible">
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overflow-x-visible demo

overflow-y-visible

The overflow-y-visible class is used to allow contents to render top and bottom edges. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-y-visible">
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overflow-y-visible demo

overflow-x-scroll

The overflow-x-scroll is a tailwind utility class that is used to clip content and provide horizontal scrolling and always show scrollbars unless the operating system disables always-visible scrollbars. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-x-scroll">
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overflow-x-scroll demo

overflow-y-scroll

The overflow-y-scroll class is used to clip content and provide vertical scrolling and always show scrollbars unless the operating system disables always-visible scrollbars. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-y-scroll">
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overflow-y-scroll demo

overflow-clip

The overflow-clip class is used to clip content and hide overflow both vertically and horizontally. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="... h-20 overflow-clip">
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overflow-clip demo

overflow-x-clip

The overflow-x-clip class is used to clip content and hide overflow horizontally. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="overflow-x-clip ... h-20">
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overflow-x-clip demo

overflow-y-clip

The overflow-y-clip class is used to clip content and hide overflow vertically. Here’s how to use it:

<div class="overflow-y-clip ... h-20">
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overflow-y-clip demo

What You Have Learned

In this article, you have learned about the various overflow classes available in Tailwind CSS. You have learned how to use each class and when to use them. With this knowledge, you can easily manage content overflow in your projects.

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