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Centring pages in the browser.

If you want to web site to be a fixed width, you will most likely want to have the web site in the centre of the browser, when viewed in a larger browser view port.

Layers or divs?

A layer, is an absolutely positioned div. Position is taken from the top left of the browser window. You will never get a layer made site to centre in a browser window!

<div>'s require you to tell them what to do via your styles and can be centred in a browser window.

Copy and paste the codes below.


<style type="text/css">
body { text-align:center; }
#container { text-align:left; width:760px; margin:0 auto;position:relative;
background-color: #CCCCCC;



<div id="container">
<p>this is content<br />
And some more content</p>
<p>and just some more</p>


An example of the above code in action can be seen here.

The container div holds your other divs that make up the layout of your site.

Microsoft MVP


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