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CSS float Property

The float property specifies that an element should be placed along the left or right side of its container, allowing text and inline elements to wrap around it. The floated element is removed from the normal flow of the document.

CSS Demo: float

float: none;
float: left;
float: right;
Here i am...

Note: Elements after a floating element will flow around it. To avoid this, use the clear property (see examples below).

Technical Details

Default value "none"
Applies to all elements
Inherited no
Computed value as specified
Animatable no See animatable properties.
Version CSS1
JavaScript syntax object.style.float = "right" Demo

CSS Syntax:

float: none|left|right|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use float property:

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Float an image to left:

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Float an image to right:

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Clearing floats (Use clear property to force an item to move below a floated element):

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If a floating element is taller than it's containing element, it will overflow outside its container. Use "clearfix hack" to fix this:

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It is common to make entire web layouts using the float property:

Clearing floats

Sometimes you may want to force an item to move below any floated elements. For instance, you may want paragraphs to remain adjacent to floats, but force headings to be on their own line. Use clear property to force an item to move below a floated element.

Browser compatibility

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

float 1 1 7 1 4

Property Values

The following table describes the values of float property:

Value Description
none The element must not float (This is default)
left The element must float on the left side of its containing block
right The element must float on the right side of its containing block
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Floating elements tutorial