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How do you adjust the vertical align in CSS?

OK to start I've tried the vertical-align property with no avail. I also tried adjusting padding and margin and it affects both the image and the text. Here is my code:


<h3 id="mango">Enchanted Mango</h3>


h3 {
    margin: 0;
    font-size: 75px;
    vertical-align: middle;

/*** Icon Images *****************/

h3::before {
    display: inline-block;
    color: white;
    background-size: 85px 62px;
    background-repeat: no-repeat;
    content: "";
    width: 85px;
    height: 62px;
    border-radius: 5px;
    margin-right: 8px;

#mango::before {
    background: url("img/enchanted_mango.png");


The text and the before element are aligned at the bottom and I want the text to be in the middle.

1 Answer

Ryan Field
Ryan Field
Courses Plus Student 21,240 Points

Vertical alignment is something that has been the bane of web developers since the history of ever. EVER.

Vertical alignment is only effective on inline or table-cell elements. Flexbox makes it a whole lot easier to vertically align elements, and actually has pretty great support now, although it needs to be prefixed for IE10 (and doesn't work for IE9 or earlier) and can be spotty in older versions of Android browsers, as seen here. If you're interested in flexbox, css-tricks has a great cheat sheet.

You can take a look at how the vertical-align property works on MDN.