Trusted WordPress tutorials, when you need them most.
Beginner’s Guide to WordPress
25 Million+
Websites using our plugins
Years of WordPress experience
WordPress tutorials
by experts

How to Disable Overflow in WordPress (Remove Horizontal Scroll)

Editorial Note: We earn a commission from partner links on WPBeginner. Commissions do not affect our editors' opinions or evaluations. Learn more about Editorial Process.

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 how to easily 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 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;

After that, any overflow will be removed, and you will 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 will 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 have done that, scroll down to the ‘Insertion’ section, where you will 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.

Bonus: Add a Custom Scrollbar in WordPress

Once you have disabled the horizontal scroll bar, you can also add a custom scrollbar.

For example, if your site uses a specific color scheme according to your brand colors, then you could use that same color for your scroll bar. This will look visually appealing and encourage users to explore your site.

To create a custom scrollbar, install and activate the Advanced Scrollbar plugin. For details, see our beginner’s guide on how to install a WordPress plugin.

Upon activation, visit the Settings » Advanced Scrollbar Settings page from the WordPress dashboard. From here, you can now change the color of the scroll bar according to your liking.

Change scrollbar color

Once you are done, click the ‘Save Changes’ button to store your settings. For more information, see our tutorial on how to add a custom scrollbar in WordPress.

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.

If you liked this article, then please subscribe to our YouTube Channel for WordPress video tutorials. You can also find us on Twitter and Facebook.

Disclosure: Our content is reader-supported. This means if you click on some of our links, then we may earn a commission. See how WPBeginner is funded, why it matters, and how you can support us. Here's our editorial process.

Editorial Staff

Editorial Staff at WPBeginner is a team of WordPress experts led by Syed Balkhi with over 16 years of experience in WordPress, Web Hosting, eCommerce, SEO, and Marketing. Started in 2009, WPBeginner is now the largest free WordPress resource site in the industry and is often referred to as the Wikipedia for WordPress.

The Ultimate WordPress Toolkit

Get FREE access to our toolkit - a collection of WordPress related products and resources that every professional should have!

Reader Interactions

12 CommentsLeave a Reply

  1. Syed Balkhi says

    Hey WPBeginner readers,
    Did you know you can win exciting prizes by commenting on WPBeginner?
    Every month, our top blog commenters will win HUGE rewards, including premium WordPress plugin licenses and cash prizes.
    You can get more details about the contest from here.
    Start sharing your thoughts below to stand a chance to win!

  2. Dennis Muthomi says

    Thank you for this helpful guide.
    I tried the second method of adding the CSS code using the WPCode plugin, but the changes didn’t seem to reflect on my website’s frontend. I cleared all caches, but the horizontal scrollbar is still there.
    could the issue be related to the theme I’m using?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      Yes, there is a good chance your specific theme is overriding the CSS and if you reach out to your theme’s support they should be able to help.


  3. Jiří Vaněk says

    I used your CSS code, but if I increase the size of the site in the browser to eg 130%, the scrollbar still shows at the bottom? Where am I making mistake?

    Also, if I replace the letter x with a y, the scroll bar on the right side does disappear, but the website doesn’t scroll down?

    Any advice?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      When using browser zoom there is a chance that something on the page itself has a minimum width that you are running into that would cause the scroll bar issue.

      We do not recommend using y as having that not set is what allows scrolling on a site.


      • Jiří Vaněk says

        Thanks for the advice on the Y axis and so I will look on the page for where it might be causing the problem in the X axis. Thanks for the advice on what to focus on.

  4. Tanvi says

    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?

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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.


  5. Mara says

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

    • WPBeginner Support says

      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!


  6. Tobin Loveday says

    Thanks guys, this was super helpfull!

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

Leave A Reply

Thanks for choosing to leave a comment. Please keep in mind that all comments are moderated according to our comment policy, and your email address will NOT be published. Please Do NOT use keywords in the name field. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation.