How to limit the number of lines in a text with CSS



March 23, 2020

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Hey guys, hope you're having a good start to the week 😀🔥

So recently a friend of mine showed me this cool CSS property that i had never used: 'line-clamp'. Basically, if used this correctly, we can control the number of lines of text we want to display on an element.

<div class="container"> <div class="box"> <p> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ... </p> </div> <div class="box line-clamp"> <p> Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet ... </p> </div> </div>

Look at the example to see what I'm talking about. On the left we have a div with some text where we see all of the test. On the right, the same thing but we apply the 'line-clamp' property, and three more properties, to limit the text to only show 3 lines.

.container { display: flex; align-items: center; justify-content: center; min-height: 100vh; } .box { background-color: #F5F5F5; width: 300px; padding: 25px; margin: 50px; border-radius: 4px; box-shadow: 0 10px 20px rgba(0,0,0,0.19), 0 6px 6px rgba(0,0,0,0.23); color: #212121; font-size: 15px; line-height: 35px; } .line-clamp p{ display: -webkit-box; -webkit-line-clamp: 3; -webkit-box-orient: vertical; overflow: hidden; }

To achieve this, we give a 'line-clamp' class name to the 'p' element on the right side. Then, we apply some CSS using this class, as you can see on the CSS code. Using '-webkit-line-clamp: 3' we set this text to only show 3 lines. Obviously, we can change this number to any other number we would like. Besides numbers, we can also use 'none'.

Even though pretty simple, this is a property that can sure come as handy. Unfortunately, not all browsers support it yet.
Hope you liked this tip and have a great Monday! 🤓♥️