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CSS empty-cells Property

The empty-cells property show or hide borders and backgrounds of table cells that have no visible content.

This property has an effect only when the border-collapse property is separate.

CSS Demo: empty-cells

empty-cells: show;
empty-cells: hide;
Cell 1.1 Cell 1.2
Cell 2.2
Cell 3.1
Cell 4.2

Technical Details

Default value show
Applies to table-cell elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS2
JavaScript syntax object.style.emptyCells = "hide" Demo

CSS Syntax:

empty-cells: show|hide|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use empty-cells property:

Run code

Browser compatibility

The numbers in the table specify the first browser version that fully supports the empty-cells property:

empty-cells 1 1 4 1.2 8

Property Values

The following table describes the values of empty-cells property:

Value Description
show Borders and backgrounds are drawn around empty cells like normal cells (This is default)
hide No borders or backgrounds are drawn around empty cells
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

HTML Table tutorial

CSS Styling Table