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HTML center Tag

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Published Mar 19, 2019
Updated Oct 1, 2019

HTML center: Main Tips

  • The HTML <center> element was used to align text to the center of the page.
  • It was a block-level element.
  • <center> was deprecated in HTML4. Now, it's recommended to align HTML content using CSS.

How center Was Used

The <center> element used to center text in HTML:

Example
<center>Everything here will be displayed in the center of the document.</center>

However, <center> was deprecated in HTML4. While the browser support for it might not be dropped completely yet, it's only a matter of time, so you better avoid using it. The newest versions of HTML encourage leaving the styling to CSS.

CSS Alternatives for center

To align HTML text to center, you can apply the text-align property with the value of center:

Example
<div style="text-align:center">This text is centered for your convenience!
<p> I am also centered with CSS!<p></div>

Note: if you apply the text-align property to <div> or <p> elements, it will affect their contents and not the elements themselves.

You can also move our elements closer to the center by adding margins to the left or the right to it:

Example
p {
   display: block;
   margin-left: 5px;
}

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