Style visibility Property

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Hide the content of a <p> element:

document.getElementById("myP").style.visibility = "hidden";
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Definition and Usage

The visibility property sets or returns whether an element should be visible.

The visibility property allows the author to show or hide an element. It is similar to the display property. However, the difference is that if you set display:none, it hides the entire element, while visibility:hidden means that the contents of the element will be invisible, but the element stays in its original position and size.

Browser Support

Internet Explorer Firefox Opera Google Chrome Safari

The visibility property is supported in all major browsers.


Return the visibility property:

Set the visibility property:"visible|hidden|collapse|initial|inherit"

Property Values

Value Description
visible The element is visible. This is default
hidden The element is not visible, but still affects layout
collapse When used on a table row or cell, the element is not visible (same as "hidden")
initial Sets this property to its default value. Read about initial
inherit Inherits this property from its parent element. Read about inherit

Technical Details

Default Value: visible 
Return Value: A String, representing whether the content of an element is displayed or not
CSS Version CSS2

More Examples


Difference between the display property and the visibility property:

function demoDisplay() {
    document.getElementById("myP1").style.display = "none";

function demoVisibility() {
    document.getElementById("myP2").style.visibility = "hidden";
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Hide and show an <img> element:

function hideElem() {
    document.getElementById("myImg").style.visibility = "hidden";

function showElem() {
    document.getElementById("myImg").style.visibility = "visible";
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Return the visibility type of a <p> element:

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Related Pages

CSS tutorial: CSS Display and visibility

CSS reference: visibility property

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