How to Use the CSS Clear Property

The CSS clear is used to indicate whether an element is next to elements before it or whether the element should be below the other element.

Possible values of the clear property are:

  • left
  • right
  • both
  • none

In the following example, a paragraph without a clear property applied will float to the right of the div element. The 2nd paragraph uses clear to prevent floating.
clearing floats example

The code used to create the results above is shown below:

		<title>Demonstrating clear</title>
			#box1 {
			p.clear {
	<div id="box1"></div>
	<p>This text floats.</p>
	<p class="clear">This text doesn't float.</p>
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