In this section, we will learn what the text-overflow property is and how to use it in CSS.
CSS text-overflow Property Definition and Usage
The CSS `text-overflow` property is used to define how users should know when a part of a text content of an element is turned hidden.
Note: using this property doesn’t force any overflow and so in order to create an overflow in an element, we need to set these two properties to these values:
overflow: hidden; white-space: nowrap;
CSS text-overflow Property Syntax
CSS text-overflow Property Value
Here’s the list of values that we can use for this property:
- clip: this value is the default one and when used, part of the content that caused the overflow, become clipped and hidden.
- ellipsis: using this value, browsers use (…) to represent the part of the text that was clipped.
- string: we can also set a string value to be shown as the representation of clipped content.
- The two global values, “initial” and “inherit” can also be used for this property.
Example: text-overflow in CSS
How Does CSS text-overflow Property Work?
In this example, we used 5 asterisks for the value of `text-overflow` property, and so this value will be used to represent the clipped content.