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Prevent Wrapping of Containers(span or div) (4)

I'd like to put a group of div elements of fixed width into a container and have the horizontal scroll bar appear. The div/span elements should appear in a line, left to right in the order they appear in the HTML. (essentially unwrapped)

This way the horizontal scroll bar will appear and can be used instead of the vertical scroll bar for reading through the content (left to right).

I've tried floating them in a container and then putting a "white-space:nowrap" style on the container, but alas, it still seems to wrap. Ideas?

It looked like this:

.slideContainer {
    white-space: nowrap;
}
.slide { 
    width: 800px;
    float: left;
    display: inline;
}
<div class="slideContainer">
    <div class="slide">Some content</div>
    <div class="slide">More content</div>
    <div class="slide">Even More content!</div>
</div>

Update: See site for examples, but they were wrong about not being another way - I'm sure the article is old though.


As mentioned you can use:

overflow: scroll;

If you only want the scroll bar to appear when necessary, you can use the "auto" option:

overflow: auto;

I don't think you should be using the "float" property with "overflow", but I'd have to try out your example first.


It works with just this:

.slideContainer {
    white-space: nowrap;
}
.slide { 
    display: inline-block;
    width: 600px;
    white-space: normal;
}

I did originally have float : left; and that prevented it from working correctly.

Thanks for posting this solution.


Particularly when using something like Twitter's Bootstrap, white-space: nowrap; doesn't always work in CSS when applying padding or margin to a child div. Instead however, adding an equivalent border: 20px solid transparent; style in place of padding/margin works more consistently.


Try this:

.slideContainer {
    overflow-x: scroll;
    white-space: nowrap;
}
.slide {
    display: inline-block;
    width: 600px;
    white-space: normal;
}
<div class="slideContainer">
    <span class="slide">Some content</span>
    <span class="slide">More content. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.</span>
    <span class="slide">Even more content!</span>
</div>

Note that you can omit .slideContainer { overflow-x: scroll; } (which browsers may or may not support when you read this), and you'll get a scrollbar on the window instead of on this container.

The key here is display: inline-block. This has decent cross-browser support nowadays, but as usual, it's worth testing in all target browsers to be sure.







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