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Truncate your Text with CSS

If you have some text in a set width element you can use the following property to truncate the text with an ellipsis (...).

You need is a fixed width element, and then some text that is wider than the element. 

Text Overflow

text-overflow: ellipsis;    

You also need to set a few more things for this overflow to work correctly. 

White Space and Overflow

You need to tell the white-space to nowrap! and also the overflow needs to be hidden.

  white-space: nowrap;
  overflow: hidden;

Width of the element

The element needs a width that is less than the length of the text, otherwise it has nothing to overflow.

width: 180px;

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Truncate your Text with CSS Code

HTML

<div class='text-wrap'>
	<div class='overflow-text'>Im a fixed width element with the property overflow: ellipsis</div>
</div>

CSS

.overflow-text {
  width: 180px;
  padding: 10px;
  border-radius:5px;
  background:rgba(255,255,255,0.4);
  white-space: nowrap;
  overflow: hidden;
  text-overflow: ellipsis;	
}

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