CSS tooltips won't stretch, can only have fixed width


I have tooltips whose content can range from very long to very short. I don’t want to have 3 words’ worth of content and have a huge tooltip, but I also don’t want 20 words and have it all scrunched up on multiple lines. With this current setup, it stays stuck at the minimum width regardless.

The CSS:

.tooltip {
  outline: none; position: relative;
  min-width: 75px; max-width: 255px;

.tooltip .tool-content {
  opacity: 0; visibility: hidden;
  position: absolute;

.tooltip:hover .tool-content {
  background: #999; border: 1px solid #555; color: #000000;

  /* general styling */
  position: absolute; left: 1.3em; top: 2.6em; z-index: 99;
  visibility: visible; opacity: 1;


<div class='tooltip'>
(content to hover)
    <span class='tool-content'>
        (tooltip content)

What troubles me is that I can take off position: relative and it works as intended! Yet I can find no work around, and relative positioning is key (or appears to be?) to having CSS hovers.


.tooltip {
  outline: none;
  position: relative;
  width: 75px;
  min-width: 75px;
  max-width: 255px;

.tooltip .tool-content {
  opacity: 0;
  visibility: hidden;
  position: absolute;

You can remove span and replace it with a block level element (like div with style display:block)

Answered By – Patt Mehta

Answer Checked By – David Marino (AngularFixing Volunteer)

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