Scrolling Text

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Scrolling Text using CSS

Here's an example of using a CSS marquee to create scrolling text. This method is standards-compliant as it uses CSS animations to achieve the scrolling effect.

You can also use CSS to create slide-in text, vertical scrolling, bouncing text etc.

HTML <marquee> Element

The following examples use the HTML <marquee> tag. As with the CSS method, the HTML method can also be used to give the text a horizontal scroll (from right to left, left to right), a vertical scroll (top to bottom, or bottom to top), as well as a bounce effect.

Non-Standard Tag

The <marquee> tag isn't an offical HTML tag. See CSS marquees for a standards-compliant marquee.

Right to Left (RTL)

This section contains text that scrolls horizontally (right to left, left to right, or a combination). As you can see, there are a number of options with your horizontal scroll.

Slide-In Text

This text slides in from the right, then stays where it is. You will need to refresh this page to see the effect again.


Continuous scrolling text (RTL)


Faster Scrolling

This example uses scrollamount="30" to increase the scroll speed.

Faster scrolling works better on continuous scrolling as opposed to slide-in text. This is because slide-in text stops after sliding in. If it slides in too fast, many users might miss the slide-in effect altogether.


Left to Right (LTR)

Slide-In Text

This text slides in from the left, then stays where it is. You will need to refresh this page to see the effect again.


Continuous scrolling text (LTR)


Text bouncing back and forth

Normal Speed

This text bounces at the default speed.


Faster Bounce

This example uses scrollamount="30" to speed up the scrolling/bouncing text.


Text Scrolling Up

This text has a vertical scroll - it starts at the bottom and moves up. As with some of the previous examples, you can adjust the scroll speed by using the scrollamount attribute. You could also create a vertical slide by using behavior="slide".


Text Scrolling Down

This text also has a vertical scroll, but this time it starts at the top and moves down.


Various Scrolling Speeds

This example demonstrates 3 different scrolling speeds.


Jumping Text

The following example uses the scrolldelay attribute to slow the scrolling text down and make it look like it's jumping across the screen. Actually, the example also uses the scrollamount attribute to increase the size of each jump.


Browser Compatibility

Some browsers don't render the jumping effect. Instead, the text will scroll smoothly.

Marquee Attributes

The <marquee> tag accepts a number of attributes (some of which are included in the above examples). Feel free to experiment with these settings to see the effect they have on your scrolling text. The full list of attributes are:

widthSets the width of the marqueescrollamountHow far to jump as it moves
heightSets the height of the marqueeloopHow many times it should loop
directionSets the direction of the marqueebgcolorSets the background color of the marquee
behaviorWhether to slide, bounce, or scrollhspaceSets the amount of horizontal space around the marquee
scrolldelayHow long the marquee should wait before each jumpvspaceSets the amount of vertical space around the marquee

Falling Text

You can use scrolling text for some great effects. Check out this falling text (generated with the Falling Text Generator).

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