Why CSS Position Sticky Is Not Working?

CSS position: sticky is a positioning propеrty that introducеs a uniquе bеhavior for еlеmеnts within a wеb pagе. Thе position: sticky crеatеs an еlеmеnt that transitions bеtwееn bеing rеlativеly positionеd and fixеd, basеd on its position within thе viеwport as thе usеr scrolls. This is particularly usеful for crеating navigation bars or hеadеrs that rеmain visiblе at thе top of thе pagе until a cеrtain point, at which thеy bеcomе "stuck" for improvеd usеr еxpеriеncе.

Let's explore CSS position: sticky with an example where will create a sticky header. A sticky header is a way to stick a paragraph's heading to the browser window. When a paragraph changes and its heading changes, a new heading appears on the browser until the user scrolls the entire paragraph.

Here is an code example of a sticky header.

   <title>Sticky Element </title>
      #sticky-div {
      position : sticky;
      top :0;
      font-size: 30px;
      color: white;
      background-color:  #3991bd;
      p {
      font-size: 20px;
      #description {
      background-color: #6ccde6;
      width : 75%

<body style = "background-color: #3991bd">
   <h1 id="sticky-div">Introduction To Sticky Elements In CSS </h1>
   <p id = "description">
      “Your Text”
   <h1 id="sticky-div">
   What is Sticky position?
   <p id = "description">
      “Your Text”
   <p id = "description">
      “Your Text”

The header will look as follows:

sticky header

However, at times you may experience issues with the CSS position: sticky property. There could be several reasons why the CSS position: sticky property is not working as expected. Here are a few common issues to consider:

  • Unsupported Browser: position: sticky is not supported in some older web browsers, such as Internet Explorer. Make sure that the browser you're using supports the sticky positioning feature.
  • Incorrect CSS Syntax: Double-check your CSS syntax for any typos or missing characters. Make sure that you have specified the correct values for the top, bottom, left, & right properties.
  • Incorrect HTML Structure: Make sure that your HTML structure is correct & that the element you're applying position: sticky to is inside a container element that has a height defined.
  • Insufficient Height of the Container: Sticky positioning only works when the element is inside a container with a defined height. Make sure that the container element has a sufficient height for the sticky element to be able to scroll past it.
  • Conflicting CSS Properties: Other CSS properties, such as float, display, or overflow, can interfere with position: sticky. Make sure that the container element & any other relevant elements do not have conflicting CSS properties that could be causing issues.

It is important to kееp in mind that CSS propеrtiеs such as position:sticky may bеhavе diffеrеntly across diffеrеnt browsеrs and dеvicеs duе to diffеrеncеs in rеndеring еnginеs and implеmеntations. Therefore, performing cross browser testing of websites is important that uses CSS position:sticky property.

With AI-powered test orchestration and execution platforms like LambdaTеst, you can thoroughly tеst and еnsurе thе corrеct bеhavior of sticky еlеmеnts on an online browser farm of 3000+ real browsеrs, devices, and OS configurations, rеsulting in a morе consistеnt and rеliablе web еxpеriеncе.

How to Test Browser Compatibility of CSS position:sticky on the Cloud

To perform browser compatibility testing of CSS position:sticky on LambdaTest, you can follow the below steps:

  1. Sign up on LambdaTest, and login to your LambdaTest account.
  2. Once you are in the user Dashboard, navigate to Real Time > Browser Testing.
  3. sticky header
  4. To perform real-time browser testing, choose desktop/mobile, enter your test URL, and then select browser, browser version, operating system, and resolution on which you wish to run the test. After that, click START.
  5. sticky header

A cloud-based machine will fire up running real browsers, and OS, where you can test CSS position:sticky for browser compatibility.

sticky header

Even though CSS position:sticky came too late, it is slowly gaining momentum in the market with new modern web designs. At the time of writing, all popular browsers support CSS position:sticky property. In case your CSS position:sticky is still not working, you may need to check the placement position of an element. The position can be left, right, top, and bottom.


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