How to center the content of a web page

This question gets asked very often in the forums and newsgroups, and is very easy once you know how.

Create a "wrapper" div to hold all your content and apply its width property through CSS, then give it a margin:auto attribute

 
<style type="text/css">
  #wrapper {width: 760px;margin:auto}
  #content{background-color:red}
  </style>
  </head>
  <body>
  <form id="form1" runat="server">
    <div id="wrapper">
      <div id="content">
        content
      </div>
    </div>
  </form>
  </body>

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4 Comments

- Mikey

I don't know if this was intended, but in your snippet above. I think you have an extra <div id="wrapper">

- Mike

@Mikey,

Thanks for spotting that. I have corrected it.

- tom

i have a web page that uses html5 and i have tried everything to center my page with no success. everything i try the page stays in the left corner of my screen. any suggestions i would appreciate it. thanks.

- Mike

@tom

The technique outlined above works with the HTML5 doctype.