View Full Version : What's a quick way to center content on the page (also vertically?)

Jan 13th, 2010, 02:03 AM
It's been a long time since I've done anything with HTML, but I'm wanting to create a very quick and simple HTML site to show how this would feel like before getting it animated.


It's so simple that I'm using shortcuts for a lot of things. Right now, all of the content is on a table and I'm looking to center it horizontally and also vertically.

Is it as simple as making a table that spans across the whole page and having the content in a <td valign="center"> or something?

Also is there a way to get something that will always be in the bottom of the page? Some sort of footer positioning.

Jan 13th, 2010, 08:41 AM
Get rid of all table used for your layout and follow Dead Center (http://www.wpdfd.com/editorial/thebox/deadcentre4.html)

Jan 13th, 2010, 02:29 PM
Hi there Geruvah,

the problem with our friend abduraooft's Dead Center (http://www.wpdfd.com/editorial/thebox/deadcentre4.html) suggestion is that
the centered content moves out of view when the page size is reduced. :eek:

Here is an example that avoids that problem...

<html lang="en">

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">
<meta name="language" content="english">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Style-Type" content="text/css">

<title>Horizontally and vertically centered block</title>

<style type="text/css">
body {
min-width:760px; /* this is the #hov div width */
min-height:400px; /* this is the #hov div height */
margin-top:-200px; /* half vertical height of the #hoz div */
#hoz {
border:3px double #000;
overflow:auto; /* allow content to scroll inside element */
#hoz p {


<div id="vertical"></div>
<div id="hoz">
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Cras volutpat, purus ac
pellentesque adipiscing, mauris ligula convallis metus, vitae scelerisque nibh
orci quis mi. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes,
nascetur ridiculus mus. Curabitur porttitor aliquam libero. Quisque molestie ornare
sem. Nam euismod sem lacinia ipsum. In pharetra metus ut dolor cursus aliquam.
Maecenas eu ante quis enim tincidunt laoreet. Pellentesque varius nunc in ipsum
pulvinar sollicitudin. Nunc et mi. Donec auctor dignissim orci. Aliquam sed magna.
Pellentesque in dui. In eget elit. Praesent eu lorem.
Cras cursus varius pede. Cras dolor lorem, convallis sed, venenatis ac, aliquam vitae,
orci. Duis diam massa, adipiscing quis, aliquam eget, ornare eu, lectus. Sed rutrum
augue non purus. Integer vel mauris. Nam suscipit molestie lectus. Fusce laoreet
interdum eros. Pellentesque sit amet enim id nunc adipiscing ultricies. Quisque
lobortis eleifend elit. Sed eu augue sed felis vulputate iaculis. Cras lorem felis,
lobortis id, accumsan vel, facilisis quis, dolor. Curabitur aliquet. Nulla facilisi.
Proin nunc velit, posuere sit amet, porttitor et, volutpat a, massa. Maecenas elementum
volutpat justo. Pellentesque magna neque, dictum id, rhoncus a, fringilla et, nulla.
Phasellus placerat gravida purus. Pellentesque odio. Sed volutpat vehicula nulla. Quisque
metus urna, semper eget, aliquam ac, feugiat nec, massa.
Nullam pharetra quam quis metus. Proin feugiat lacinia mauris. Cum sociis natoque
penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Praesent faucibus erat
quis ante. Suspendisse eu tellus. Donec sit amet ante in nisl dapibus condimentum. Proin
diam. Curabitur egestas felis iaculis lorem. Aliquam sit amet risus ut nulla sollicitudin
scelerisque. Mauris viverra hendrerit augue. Morbi eu sapien sed enim rutrum blandit.
Quisque feugiat. Pellentesque luctus sagittis est. Donec dolor sem, bibendum ac, porta in,
rutrum sit amet, dui. Ut libero turpis, tempus nec, venenatis at, tincidunt ac, sem.



Jan 13th, 2010, 06:14 PM
Hello Geruvah,
These quick changes to your layout will center it - Add the bits highligted in red.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<style type="text/css">
#measure {
height: 50%;
width: 1px;
float: left;
margin: 0 0 -384px 0;
#centered {
width: 1024px;
margin: 0 auto;
clear: left;
border: 3px solid #fff;
<body bgcolor="#201d18" leftmargin="0" topmargin="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0">
<!-- ImageReady Slices (template.psd) -->
<div id="measure"></div>
<div id="centered">
<!--<div align="center">-->

<table id="Main" width="1024" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" height="768">
<td colspan="8" width="1024" background="images/template_01.gif" bgcolor="#201d18" height="33">

<td width="234" background="images/template_02.gif" height="23">

Have a look at the link in my sig about DocTypes to explain what that first bit is doing.
Also check out the links about validating as well. Validating will help you.