The overflow-wrap property is used to specify whether or not the browser may break lines within words in order to prevent overflow when an otherwise unbreakable string is too long to fit in its containing box.

Note: Originally a Microsoft (unprefixed) proprietary extension called word-wrap, and implemented by most browsers, it has been renamed to overflow-wrap. The original name word-wrap is now considered an "alternate name" for overflow-wrap.
Initial value normal
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Media visual
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete
Canonical order the unique non-ambiguous order defined by the formal grammar


/* Keyword values */
overflow-wrap: normal;
overflow-wrap: break-word;

/* Global values */
overflow-wrap: inherit;
overflow-wrap: initial;
overflow-wrap: unset;


Indicates that lines may only break at normal word break points.
Indicates that normally unbreakable words may be broken at arbitrary points if there are no otherwise acceptable break points in the line.

Formal syntax

normal | break-word



.normal {
  width: 13em;
  background: gold;
.breakWord {
  width: 13em;
  background: gold;
  overflow-wrap: break-word;


<p class="normal">FStrPrivFinÄndG (Gesetz zur Änderung des Fernstraßenbauprivatfinanzierungsgesetzes und straßenverkehrsrechtlicher Vorschriften)</p>
<p class="breakWord">FStrPrivFinÄndG (Gesetz zur Änderung des Fernstraßenbauprivatfinanzierungsgesetzes und straßenverkehrsrechtlicher Vorschriften)</p>



Specification Status Comment
CSS Text Module Level 3
The definition of 'overflow-wrap' in that specification.
Working Draft Initial definition

Browser compatibility

Feature Firefox (Gecko) Chrome Edge Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (as word-wrap) 3.5 (1.9.1) 1.0 (Yes) 5.5 10.5 1.0
overflow-wrap 49 (49) (Yes) ? ? (Yes) ?
Feature Firefox Mobile (Gecko) Android Edge IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (as word-wrap) 1.0 (1.9.1) 1.0 (Yes) ? ? 1.0
overflow-wrap 49 (49) (Yes) ? ? (Yes) ?
  • word-wrap:break-word can be used to work around lack of pre{white-space:pre-wrap} support in IE 5.5-7. See white-space for an example.
  • IE8 introduced -ms-word-wrap as a synonym for word-wrap. Don't use the -ms- prefix.

See also

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