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Centering an element in the page

09/15/2011 by Dux   -   4/5 (1 ratings)

Here are two methods to center CSS DIV blocks inside the page or parent element.
The first method uses absolute positioning wich does not consider the position of other page elements. It is recommended for a rapid implementation of a correctly set graphical template.
The second method uses a div to wedge the second DIV in height. The horizontal centering is specified by automatic left and right margins. Please do not forget the DTD to make this work in IE.

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<style type="text/css">
html, body {
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
width: 100%;
height: 100%;

/* Method 1 : absolute position */
.centered {
position: absolute;
top: 50%;
left: 50%;
height: 250px;
width: 400px;
margin: -125px 0 0 -200px;
background: red;

/* Method 2 : with another DIV */
.top_page {
height: 50%;
margin-bottom: -150px;
centered2 {
height: 300px;
width: 500px;
background: limegreen;
margin: 0 auto;


div class="top_page">Your texte page here</div>
div class="centered2">Method 2</div>

div class="centered">Method 1</div>

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