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How to y(vertically) center body.

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    # May 30, 2013 at 1:18 pm

    Hey, I have an issue that I’ve never really considered before:

    I build all my sites on a laptop. My laptop’s screen is only 13 inches. I recently took a look at one of my sites on my friends HUGE monitor.

    Alas, all my content on non-scrollable pages looked awkwardly short and high on the screen.

    Is there a way to center the entire body on the y axis? I.e. up and down?

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    # May 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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    If your content is in a container like, an example,


    div class=”container”>… Then in your CSS give it a height and width and margin: 0 auto 0 auto.

    .container {
    width: __px;
    height: __px;
    margin: 0 auto 0 auto;

    # May 30, 2013 at 1:46 pm

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    I always contain all my content in a wrapper. I guess that’s my mistake. I’ve been trying to style the body.

    I will try this and see if it works. Thanks!

    # May 30, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    There are a few ways to do it, it’s definitely one of the overlooked things of design. Vertical alignment is shaky at best.

    The best results I’ve turned are from using a setup similar to this:

    body {display:table;height:100%;width:100%;}
    main {height:80%}
    header,footer {height:10%}

    At this point you could set vertical alignment as all height is set in the parent elements. Gets rather wonky if you attempt to have a responsive design site, so I suggest using progressive enhancement with block and inline-block level elements first then transitioning to the table method with media queries.

    # May 30, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    If you does not mind targetting quite modern browsers only you can use pseudo elements:

    html, body { height: 100%; }
    body { text-align: center; }
    content: ”;
    display: inline-block;
    height: 100%;
    vertical-align: middle;
    display: inline-block;

    # May 30, 2013 at 3:18 pm

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    you can as well use display:table ; it includes IE8 as the :before (not ::before wich IE 8 doesn’t recon .)

    Test here : or .

    In the CSS test , I included display:flex; , but only for the future. see comments .

    If you want to know more about flexboxes :

    # May 30, 2013 at 3:34 pm

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    and just discovered this not far away :)

    # May 30, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    here’s an exemple :

    # June 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

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    @maxisix That is sick! Would that work for a huge block of content?

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