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How to Disable Overflow in WordPress (Remove Horizontal Scroll)

Do you want to disable overflow on your WordPress website?

A horizontal scroll bar appears when an element on that page is too wide to be displayed and overflows beyond the screen. Most WordPress themes don’t use horizontal scrolling because it can break your site layout and confuse users.

In this article, we will show you an easy and quick way to disable overflow in WordPress and remove the horizontal scroll bar.

How to disable overflow in WordPress

What Causes Horizontal Scroll Bar or Overflow in WordPress?

When setting up your WordPress website, it is important to make it user-friendly and accessible for everyone.

WordPress will show a horizontal scrollbar if an element is wider than your website layout. This is called ‘overflow.’ Having a horizontal scroll bar can break your design and make your website less user-friendly.

A web page with both horizontal and vertical scroll bars can also be disorienting for the visitor and become hard to navigate. It can result in people leaving your site, causing lower conversions and sales.

Disabling overflow can be beneficial for you as it will make your site more user-friendly, create a fixed-width layout, and improve the overall responsiveness of your site.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at how to easily disable the overflow horizontal scroll bar in WordPress:

Method 1: Adding the CSS Snippet Using Theme Customizer

You can disable overflow in WordPress by simply adding CSS code in the ‘Additional CSS’ option of the theme customizer.

All you have to do is visit the Appearance » Customize page from the WordPress dashboard.

Note: You might see Appearance » Editor instead of Customize. This means your theme uses the full-site editor (FSE) instead of the Theme Customizer, and you should check out our guide on how to fix the missing theme customizer or use Method 2 below.

Choose Additional CSS option from theme customizer

Once you are on the Customize page, click on the ‘Additional CSS’ tab.

Then, simply copy and paste the following code:

html, body {
	max-width: 100%;
	overflow-x: hidden;

Once you’ve done that, any overflow will be removed, and you’ll be able to see it applied on your website’s live preview pane.

Don’t forget to click on the ‘Publish’ button at the top of the page when you are done!

Paste CSS code in Additional CSS field

Method 2: Adding the CSS Snippet Using WPCode

You can also add the CSS code via a code snippet using the WPCode plugin.

WPCode is the best WordPress code snippet plugin on the market, used by over 1 million websites.

We recommend this method as this plugin makes it easy to add custom code to WordPress without having to edit any of your theme files.

First, install and activate the WPCode plugin on your website. For more details, you can see our step-by-step guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Note: WPCode also has a free version. However, you’ll need the premium plan of the plugin to unlock the ‘CSS Snippet’ option.

Upon activation, visit the Code Snippets » + Add Snippets page from the WordPress dashboard.

Once you are there, click on the ‘Use Snippet’ button under the ‘Add Your Custom Code (New Snippet)’ option.

Add new snippet

This will take you to the ‘Create Custom Snippet’ page, where you can start by entering a title for your code snippet. This name won’t be displayed to the users and is for your identification only.

Next, select the ‘CSS Snippet’ as the code type from the dropdown menu on the right.

Note: If you are using the free WPCode plugin, then you’ll have to select the ‘Universal Snippet’ option.

Choose CSS Snippet option to remove Overflow

After that, copy and paste the following CSS code snippet into the ‘Code Preview’ box:

<style type="text/css">
html, body {
	max-width: 100%;
	overflow-x: hidden;

Once you’ve done that, scroll down to the ‘Insertion’ section, where you’ll find two options, ‘Auto Insert’ and ‘Shortcode.’

From here, select the ‘Auto Insert’ mode to automatically execute your code upon activation.

Choose an insertion method

However, if you just want to disable the horizontal scroll bar on some specific pages, then you can select the ‘Shortcode’ mode.

On doing that, WPCode will provide you with a shortcode upon snippet activation that you can paste on a specific website area or page to remove the overflow.

Once you’ve chosen your option, go to the top of the page and toggle the switch from ‘Inactive’ to ‘Active’ in the top right corner.

Then, just click the ‘Save Snippet’ button.

Save overflow snippet

That’s it! You just removed any horizontal overflow scroll bars on your site.

We hope this article helped you learn how to disable the overflow on your WordPress site. You may also want to see our expert picks of the must-have WordPress plugins to grow your site and our beginner’s guide on how to create a contact form in WordPress.

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  2. When I used the WP Code plug in, this worked on all my pages but my home page. I didn’t do anything to disable the horizontal scroll bar on only some specific pages. What can I do about this?

    • You may need to check with the support for your specific theme to see if they have CSS code that would override it specifically for your homepage.


  3. I posted the code but now I can’t scroll vertically on mobile anymore. do you know how to solve this?

    • It would depend on how your theme is set up, overflow-x is only supposed to remove the horizontal overflow on the site so your theme may be using overflow in a specific way. You would want to check with the support for your theme and they should be able to assist!


  4. Thanks guys, this was super helpfull!

    Seems like themes should have this automatically, but oh well.

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