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Altering my website to take up the full screen of a monitor.

I am building a website, after viewing the the "How to build a simple website" tutorial. I am using grid.css (12 grids) and normailize.css as the demo used. I want to transform this website to take up the full screen. I have toyed around with it all day and can not figure it out. Can anyone give me ideas?

4 Answers

James Barnett
James Barnett
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Jeff - TL;DR If you just want to make grid.css just use 100% of a window, then change the .grid_12 and .container classes to use width: 100%

"Full Screen" can be tricky because screen sizes vary. Some people have a screen that's 1920px * wide while, some people have a screen that's *1366px wide.

What you need to do is have your CSS respond to the window size, that's what the Build a Responsive Website course covers, it comes later in the Learn HTML & CSS learning adventure.

Hi Jeff,

One thing I learnt so far is that you can set your <div> tags in CSS to width: 100%. I don't use the grid.css if I want my own styling done correctly :smiley:

Hope this helps.

Hey Purta,

Can't you use grid.css and still have 100% width? I have been digging in grid.css all day. I have a feeling it has to do with the container or clearfix, but I can't figure it out. Thanks for your help!


Hi Jeff :smiley:

The class .container sets your <div> to a 1000px. Don't get confused there buddy. If you still want to stick to grid.css, create a custom class in that and name your own class and make sure to set your width to 100%.

A good example would be

.newContainer {
    width: 100%;
    margin: auto;

And don't forget to assign your new class to your <div> :thumbsup:

I haven't got into the responsive web design project yet but I am certain that, that project will help you benefit in terms of having your site stretched to the full browser screen size :smiley:

Hope this helps! And you're most welcome. I'm learning, you're learning, we tend to help each other along the way!