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CSS visibility Property

The visibility property can show or hide an element without affecting the layout of a document.

This property can also hide rows or columns in a table.

CSS Demo: visibility

visibility: visible;
visibility: hidden;
visibility: collapse;

This is Heading 1

Change my visibility

This is Heading 1

Tip: To both hide and remove an element from the document layout, use display:none; instead of using visibility.

Technical Details

Default value visible
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animatable yes See animatable properties.
Version CSS2
JavaScript syntax object.style.visibility = "hidden" Demo

CSS Syntax:

visibility: visible|hidden|collapse|initial|inherit;


The following example shows how to use visibility property:

Run code

Hide an Element - display:none or visibility:hidden ?

Run code

Browser compatibility

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

visibility 1 1 4 1 4

Property Values

The following table describes the values of visibility property:

Value Description
visible The element is visible (This is default)
The element box is invisible (not drawn), but still affects layout as normal.
Descendants of the element will be visible if they have visibility set to visible.
Only for certain internal table objects: rows, row groups, columns and column groups. It removes the objects, but it does not affect the table layout in any other way. The space occupied by the table object will be filled by subsequent siblings.
For other elements, collapse is treated the same as hidden
initial Sets this property to its default value
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element

See also

CSS Layout - The display Property