CSS column-count Property


The column-count CSS property is used to specify the number of columns an element should be divided into when displayed in a multi-column layout. This property is often applied to container elements, such as

elements, to create a newspaper or magazine-style columnar arrangement of content. By setting the column-count value, designers can control the layout's structure and optimize the presentation of text or other content for better readability, especially on larger screens. This property works in conjunction with other CSS properties like column-gap and column-rule to fine-tune the appearance of columns within the container.

Initial value
Applies to
Block level elements
Computed value
Specified value
JavaScript syntax

Interactive Demo

The rusty swing set creaked a lonely lullaby in the twilight, shadows lengthening like grasping fingers across the dew-kissed grass. A lone dandelion seed, adrift on the breeze, whispered secrets of faraway fields, of dandelion suns and galaxies spun from fluff. Somewhere, beyond the veil of dusk, a coyote laughed, echoing through the stillness like a forgotten memory.


column-count: <integer> | auto


  • <integer>An integer value that specifies the number of columns in the multi-column element. Values must be greater than 0. When column-width is specified with column-count and both have non-auto values, the integer value defines the maximum number of columns.
  • autoIs a keyword indicating that the number of columns should be determined by other CSS properties, like column-width.


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.book { 
   -moz-column-count: 2; 
   -webkit-column-count: 2; 
   column-count: 2; 

Browser Support

The following table will show you the current browser support for the CSS column-count property.

Edge Chrome Firefox Opera Safari
Tablets / Mobile
Chrome Firefox Opera Safari Samsung Webview

Last updated by CSSPortal on: 1st January 2024