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CSS display Property


Use of some different display values:

p.ex1 {display: none;}
p.ex2 {display: inline;}
p.ex3 {display: block;}
p.ex4 {display: inline-block;}
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The display property specifies the display behavior (the type of rendering box) of an element.

In HTML, the default display property value is taken from the HTML specifications or from the browser/user default style sheet. The default value in XML is inline, including SVG elements.

Default value: ?
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS1
JavaScript syntax:"none" Try it

Browser Support

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the property.

display 4.0 8.0 3.0 3.1 7.0

Note: The values "flex" and "inline-flex" requires the -webkit- prefix to work in Safari.

Note: "display: contents" does not work in Edge/Internet Explorer.

CSS Syntax

display: value;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
inline Displays an element as an inline element (like <span>). Any height and width properties will have no effect Play it »
block Displays an element as a block element (like <p>). It starts on a new line, and takes up the whole width Play it »
contents Makes the container disappear, making the child elements children of the element the next level up in the DOM Play it »
flex Displays an element as a block-level flex container Play it »
grid Displays an element as a block-level grid container Play it »
inline-block Displays an element as an inline-level block container. The element itself is formatted as an inline element, but you can apply height and width values Play it »
inline-flex Displays an element as an inline-level flex container Play it »
inline-grid Displays an element as an inline-level grid container Play it »
inline-table The element is displayed as an inline-level table Play it »
list-item Let the element behave like a <li> element Play it »
run-in Displays an element as either block or inline, depending on context Play it »
table Let the element behave like a <table> element Play it »
table-caption Let the element behave like a <caption> element Play it »
table-column-group Let the element behave like a <colgroup> element Play it »
table-header-group Let the element behave like a <thead> element Play it »
table-footer-group Let the element behave like a <tfoot> element Play it »
table-row-group Let the element behave like a <tbody> element Play it »
table-cell Let the element behave like a <td> element Play it »
table-column Let the element behave like a <col> element Play it »
table-row Let the element behave like a <tr> element Play it »
none The element is completely removed Play it »
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial Play it »
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

More Examples


A demonstration of how to use the contents property value. In the following example the .a container will disappear, and making the child elements (.b) children of the element the next level up in the DOM:

.a {
  display: contents;
  border: 2px solid red;
  background-color: #ccc;
  padding: 10px;
  width: 200px;

.b {
  border: 2px solid blue;
  background-color: lightblue;
  padding: 10px;
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A demonstration of how to use the inherit property value:

body {
  display: inline;

p {
  display: inherit;
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Set the direction of some flexible items inside a <div> element in reverse order:

div {
  display: flex;
  flex-direction: row-reverse;
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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Display and visibility

HTML DOM reference: display property