It’s REALLY SIMPLE to add horizontal scroll to a table in CSS

Noted for future reference (by me). Tables aren’t that common on websites anymore, but sometimes they’re legitimately needed (you know, for tabular information).

One thing that I always struggle with is adding horizontal scroll to tables on responsive phone layouts. I know it involves overflow, but for some reason I always make the solution way more complicated than it needs to be.

You don’t need a container element. All you need to do is add these two CSS properties to your tables:

table {
  display: block;
  overflow-x: auto;

The StackOverflow post that illuminated the answer also has you add white-space: nowrap; but that can be problematic if your cells have enough text that they need to wrap. I found a better solution was to set a minimum width on cells:

th, td {
  min-width: 120px;

You may want to experiment on any given site to see what min-width works best.