When centering horizontally, li's get cut off

How can I center the ul without having it get cut off?

That was a really good question, had some trouble figuring a way to achieve this behavior.

I don't believe you will find a pure CSS solution, however we can do it using a bit of javascript.

Basically i´ve created a script attached to the window resize event that will do the following:

  1. check how many items we have inside our wrapper element: #wrapper
  2. divide the number of elements by 3 (since we have 3 elements in each column) to discover how many columns will be needed to display the items
  3. assign a width to the wrapper element using the following formula: number of columns * width of each item (in our case that's 200px)

Doing that we force the overflow in the parent element, and the scrollbar will have a normal behavior, showing every element.

The full code is available in jsfiddle.

Check the following example:

function onResize() {

  var wrapper = document.querySelector('#wrapper');

  var items = wrapper.querySelectorAll('li');

  var columns = Math.ceil(items.length / 3);

  var width = 200 * columns;

  wrapper.style.width = width > window.innerWidth ? width + 'px' : '100%';



window.addEventListener('resize', onResize);
body {
  height: 100%;
  text-align: center;
*:after {
  box-sizing: border-box;
  padding: 0;
  margin: 0;
#wrapper {
  height: 100%;
  display: inline-flex;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
  background-color: aqua;
ul {
  height: 75%;
  list-style: none;
  display: flex;
  align-content: center;
  flex-direction: column;
  flex-wrap: wrap;
li {
  flex-basis: calc(100% / 3 - 2px);
  color: firebrick;
  border: 1px solid firebrick;
  background-color: greenYellow;
  width: 200px;
  display: flex;
  align-items: center;
  justify-content: center;
<div id="wrapper">