CSS resize property

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CSS resize Property


Here, the user can resize both the height and width of a <div> element:

div {
    resize: both;
    overflow: auto;
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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.

Definition and Usage

The resize property defines if (and how) an element is resizable by the user.

Note: The resize property does not apply to inline elements or to block elements where overflow="visible". So, make sure that overflow is set to "scroll", "auto", or "hidden".

Default value: none
Inherited: no
Animatable: no. Read about animatable
Version: CSS3
JavaScript syntax: object.style.resize="both" Try it

Browser Support

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

Numbers followed by -moz- specify the first version that worked with a prefix.

resize 4.0 Not supported 5.0
4.0 -moz-
4.0 15.0

CSS Syntax

resize: none|both|horizontal|vertical|initial|inherit;

Property Values

Value Description Play it
none Default value. The user cannot resize the element Play it »
both The user can resize both the height and width of the element Play it »
horizontal The user can resize the width of the element Play it »
vertical The user can resize the height of the element 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


Let the user resize only the height of a <div> element:

div {
    resize: vertical;
    overflow: auto;
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Let the user resize only the width of a <div> element:

div {
    resize: horizontal;
    overflow: auto;
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In many browsers, <textarea> is resizable by default. Here, we have used the resize property to disable the resizability:

textarea {
    resize: none;
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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS User Interface

HTML DOM reference: resize property