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How to limit the horizontal  scroll when a website is viewed in a browser.

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How can you limit the horizontal scroll when someone visits your website? If you go to cnn.com
or apple.com  or http://www.marketwatch.com for example there is no horizontal scroll bar at all. Some sites have horizontal scroll bars, but you can only scroll to the right about a half an inch.

I ask this because I have created a website. The website has a banner image that is
1260 x 170 pixels. It looks good, but when viewed in a browser, their is a horizontala scroll bar that allows the application user to scroll horizontally to the right by about two inches.  

Also if the website is viewed on a really wide screen, the end of the banner image is visible and looks too short.

Attached is sample banner image, and a css file(Renamed to .txt file so that I could upload it to this forum). Although if you remove the reference to the banner image, you will see that the problem still exists.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="css/mainster.css" type="text/css" media="screen" charset="utf-8" />
</head>
<body id = "twoColLayout">
 
<div id="maincontainer">
<div><img id="Img1" src="images/GMRBanner.jpg" runat="server" alt="" width="1260" height="170" /></div>
 
<div id="navAndSearch">
 
 
</div>
 
<br />
 
 
 
</div> <!-- Wrapper Div -->
 
</body>
</html>

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GMRBanner.jpg
mainster.txt
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Question by:brgdotnet
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by:Brian Withun
ID: 24292190
see if this gets you any further along:

body {
   overflow: hidden;
}

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Brian Withun earned 460 total points
ID: 24292199
Or maybe this is more like it:

body {
   overflow-x: hidden;
}
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by:David S.
David S. earned 20 total points
ID: 24292299
What I would do is use multiple images, so that the logo would always be shown but more or less of the rest would be visible depending on the width of the viewport.
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by:brgdotnet
ID: 24292542
bhwithun is correct. I need to straighten out something before I award the points. Another expert helped me and I told him he was wrong. He offered the same suggestion as bhwithun. So give me a day or two before I straighten out my mistake. Thanks!
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by:hankknight
hankknight earned 20 total points
ID: 24293429
WARNING!

It is worth mentioning that it can be dangerous to use:

       body {
          overflow: hidden;
       }
or
       body {
          overflow-x: hidden;
       }

It is like it is like amputating your leg because you have an overgrown toe nail.  If you cut off your leg, you will no longer have an overgrown toenail, however you won't have a leg either....  It may solve the symptom but the cure could be worse than the disease.

If you use either of these ideas, other good content could TOTALLY DISAPPEAR!

Instead, you should find the specific problem (in this case the banner) and apply overflow conditions ONLY to it.

Otherwise other content could also disappear without notice.
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
 
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head id="Head1" runat="server">
    <style type="text/css" media="screen">
 
 
body {
}
 
body{
margin:0;
padding:0;
line-height: 1.5em;
height: 850px; /* Height of both columns static */
background: #FFFFEE; /* Give it that faded yellow */
}
 
/* Temporary */
..DivContent
{
position:absolute;
left:105px;
width:700px;
height:600px;
top:220px;
background-color: rgb(192,0,0);
overflow: auto;
}
 
b{font-size: 110%;}
em{color: red;}
 
#topsection{
background: #EAEAEA;
height: 50px; /*Height of top section*/
}
 
#topsection h1{
margin: 0;
padding-top: 5px;
}
 
#contentwrapper{
float: left;
width: 100%;
}
 
#contentcolumn{
margin-left: 200px; /*Set left margin to LeftColumnWidth*/
}
 
#leftcolumn{
float: left;
width: 200px; /*Width of left column*/
margin-left: -100%;
background: #CCCCCC;
height: 850px; /* Hieght of both columns static */
}
 
 
 
#footer{
clear: left;
width: 100%;
background: #3399FF;
color: #FFF;
text-align: center;
padding: 4px 0;
}
 
 
#footer a{
color: #FFFF80;
} 
                 
 
 
 
 
 
 
.caption 
{
font-family: Arial, Sans-Serif;
background-color: #5D7B9D;
color: Red;
font-size: 12pt;
}
 
                     
.contain  {
overflow: hidden;
}
 
 
</style>
</head>
<body id = "twoColLayout">
 
<div id="maincontainer">
<div class="contain"><img id="Img1" src="images/GMRBanner.jpg" runat="server" alt="" width="1260" height="170" /></div>
 
<div id="navAndSearch">
 
 
</div>
 
<br />
  
</div> <!-- Wrapper Div -->
 
</body>
</html>

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by:brgdotnet
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bhwithun is correct. The other two answers were about B- quality. But I will give 20 points to each participant who at least tried to answer my question
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