Z Index – CSS

title: Z Index

Z Index

Z Index (z-index) is a CSS property that defines the order of overlapping HTML elements. Elements with a higher index will be placed on top of elements with a lower index.

Note: Z index only works on positioned elements (position:absolute, position:relative, or position:fixed).

Possible Values

/* Default value if not specified */ z-index: auto; /* Integer values */ z-index: 1; z-index: 100; z-index: 9999; z-index: -1; /* Global values */ z-index: inherit; z-index: initial; z-index: unset;

Example Usage

In this example, you can see three boxes displayed on top of each other in different orders using z-index.


<div class="container"> <div class="box" id="blue"></div> <div class="box" id="red"></div> <div class="box" id="green"></div> </div>


#blue { background-color: blue; } #red { background-color: red; } #green { background-color: green; }

Since z-index wasn’t defined, it will have a default value of auto. This is a result:

An image of three boxes

Try to change the order to Green, Blue, Red in CSS using z-index.

#blue { background-color: blue; z-index: 2; } #red { background-color: red; z-index: 1; } #green { background-color: green; z-index: 3; }

Your result will be:

An image of three boxes

Use Z Index if you need to put a background element below a container. You can easily place the background under every element by giving it a negative Z Index like below:

#background { z-index: -1; }

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