How to Use the CSS Visibility Property

The visibility property property is used to make an element invisible. Possible values are:.

  • visible
  • hidden

The major difference between setting an element's visibility property to hidden and setting its display property to none is that a hidden element still affects the layout of the page, whereas an element that has a display property value of none does not.

The following example shows how the visibility property can be used hide elements while maintaining the space taken up by them:

<!DOCTYPE HTML>
<html>
<head>
	<meta charset="UTF-8">
	<title>checkers</title>
	<style type="text/css">
		body {
			background-color: white;
		}
		.square {
			background-color: black;
			width: 100px;
			height: 100px;
			margin: 0px;
			display: inline-block;
		}
		.hidden {
			visibility:hidden;
		}
	</style>
</head>
<body>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div><br>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
<div class="square hidden"></div>
<div class="square"></div>
</body>
</html>
This code renders the following:
visibility property demo
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