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How to disable resizable property of textarea? (11)

I want to disable the resizable property of a textarea.

Currently, I can resize a textarea by clicking on the bottom right corner of the textarea and dragging the mouse. How can I disable this?

Adding !important makes it work:

width:325px !important; height:120px !important; outline:none !important;

outline is just to avoid the blue outline on certain browser

CSS3 can solve this problem. Unfortunately it's only supported on 60% of used browsers nowadays.

For IE and iOS you can't turn off resizing but you can limit the textarea dimension by setting its width and height.

/* One can also turn on/off specific axis. Defaults to both on. */
textarea { resize:vertical; } /* none|horizontal|vertical|both */

See Demo

I found 2 things



this is a css3 which is not released yet compatable with Firefox4+ chrome and safari

another format feature is to overflow:auto to get rid of the right scrollbar taking into account dir attribute

code and different browsers

Basic html

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <textarea style="overflow:auto;resize:none" rows="13" cols="20"></textarea>

Some browsers

  • IE8

  • FF 17.0.1

  • chrome

If you need deep support you can use old school technique

textarea {
    max-width:/*desired fixed width*/ px;
    min-width:/*desired fixed width*/ px;
    min-height:/*desired fixed height*/ px;
    max-height:/*desired fixed height*/ px;

The following CSS rule disables resizing behavior for textarea elements:

textarea {
  resize: none;

To disable it for some (but not all) textareas, there are a couple of options.

To disable a specific textarea with the name attribute set to foo (i.e., <textarea name="foo"></textarea>):

textarea[name=foo] {
  resize: none;

Or, using an id attribute (i.e., <textarea id="foo"></textarea>):

#foo {
  resize: none;

The W3C page lists possible values for resizing restrictions: none, both, horizontal, vertical, and inherit:

textarea {
  resize: vertical; /* user can resize vertically, but width is fixed */

Review a decent compatibility page to see what browsers currently support this feature. As Jon Hulka has commented, the dimensions can be further restrained in CSS using max-width, max-height, min-width, and min-height.

Super important to know:

This property does nothing unless the overflow property is something other than visible, which is the default for most elements. So generally to use this, you'll have to set something like overflow: scroll;

Quote by Chris Coyier,

This can be do in html easy

<textarea name="textinput" draggable="false"></textarea>

This works for me. Default value is true for draggable attribute.

To disable the resize property, use the following CSS property:

resize: none;
  • You can either apply this as an inline style property like so:

    <textarea style="resize: none;"></textarea>
  • or in between <style>...</style> element tags like so:

    textarea {
        resize: none;

With @style, you can give it a custom size and disable the resize feature (resize: none;).

@Html.TextAreaFor(model => model.YourProperty, new { @style = "width: 90%; height: 180px; resize: none;" })

You can try with jQuery also

$('textarea').css("resize", "none");

You simply use: resize: none; in your CSS.

The resize property specifies whether or not an element is resizable by the user.

Note: The resize property applies to elements whose computed overflow value is something other than "visible".

Also resize not supported in IE at the moment.

Here are different properties for resize:

No Resize:

textarea { 
  resize: none; 

Resize both ways (vertically & horizontally):

textarea { 
  resize: both; 

Resize vertically:

textarea { 
  resize: vertical; 

Resize horizontally:

textarea { 
  resize: horizontal; 

Also if you have width and height in your CSS or HTML, it will prevent your textarea be resized, with a broader browsers support.

<textarea style="resize:none" rows="10" placeholder="Enter Text" ></textarea>