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CSS Word Wrapping

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Published Aug 8, 2017
Updated Oct 15, 2019

Making CSS wrap text

If a container contains a word that is too long to fit between the edges, you can use the CSS word-wrap property to allow breaking words and wrapping them in the next line:

Example
p.learn {
    word-wrap: break-word;
}

It may seem similar to word-break, but there is a clear difference: word-wrap is used to break a word that is too long to fit, and word-break breaks the last word in a too long line.

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CSS word-wrap syntax

There are two possible values to define for CSS word wrap:

Value Syntax Explanation
normal word-wrap: normal; The default value. The lines can only be broken at allowed break points (e.g., spaces)
break‑word word-wrap: break-word Usually unbreakable words can be broken if there are no break points
Example
p.learn {
    word-wrap: normal;
}

Note: since the CSS Text Level 3 specification, word-wrap was renamed as overflow‑wrap.

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