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word-break

Theword-break CSS property sets whether line breaks appear wherever the text would otherwise overflow its content box.

Syntax

/* Keyword values */
word-break: normal; 
word-break: break-all; 
word-break: keep-all;
word-break: break-word; /* deprecated */

/* Global values */
word-break: inherit;
word-break: initial;
word-break: unset;

The word-break property is specified as a single keyword chosen from the list of values below.

Values

normal
Use the default line break rule.
break-all
To prevent overflow, word breaks should be inserted between any two characters (excluding Chinese/Japanese/Korean text).
keep-all
Word breaks should not be used for Chinese/Japanese/Korean (CJK) text. Non-CJK text behavior is the same as for normal.
break-word
Has the same effect as word-break: normal and overflow-wrap: anywhere, regardless of the actual value of the overflow-wrap property.

Note: In contrast to word-break: break-word and overflow-wrap: break-word (see overflow-wrap), word-break: break-all will create a break at the exact place where text would otherwise overflow its container (even if putting an entire word on its own line would negate the need for a break).

Formal definition

Initial value normal
Applies to all elements
Inherited yes
Computed value as specified
Animation type discrete

Formal syntax

normal | break-all | keep-all | break-word

Examples

HTML

<p>1. <code>word-break: normal</code></p>
<p class="normal narrow">This is a long and
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 グレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国という言葉は本当に長い言葉</p>

<p>2. <code>word-break: break-all</code></p>
<p class="breakAll narrow">This is a long and
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 グレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国という言葉は本当に長い言葉</p>

<p>3. <code>word-break: keep-all</code></p>
<p class="keepAll narrow">This is a long and
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 グレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国という言葉は本当に長い言葉</p>

<p>4. <code>word-break: break-word</code></p> 
<p class="breakWord narrow">This is a long and 
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 グレートブリテンおよび北アイルランド連合王国という言葉は本当に長い言葉</p>

CSS

.narrow {
  padding: 10px;
  border: 1px solid;
  width: 500px;
  margin: 0 auto;
  font-size: 20px;
  line-height: 1.5;
  letter-spacing: 1px;
}

.normal {
  word-break: normal;
}

.breakAll {
  word-break: break-all;
}

.keepAll {
  word-break: keep-all;
}

.breakWord { 
  word-break: break-word; 
} 

Specifications

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

Browser compatibilityUpdate compatibility data on GitHub

Desktop
Chrome Edge Firefox Internet Explorer Opera Safari
word-break 1 12 15 5.5
5.5
No version of Internet Explorer supports the initial value.
8
Prefixed
Prefixed Implemented with the vendor prefix: -ms-
Don't use -ms-word-break, which is a synonym for word-break.
15 3
break-word 1 79 67 No 15 3
keep-all 44 12 15 5.5 31 9
Mobile
Android webview Chrome for Android Firefox for Android Opera for Android Safari on iOS Samsung Internet
word-break ≤37 18 15 14 2 1.0
break-word ≤37 18 67 14 2 1.0
keep-all 44 44 15 32 9 4.0

See also

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Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License v2.5 or later.
https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/word-break