CSS CSS Layout Basics Getting Started with CSS Layout Layout Wrapper Challenge

Hussain Tamboli
Hussain Tamboli
4,470 Points

How to center the div using margin-left and margin-right?

As the Challenge said set the width of the wrapper to 80%, to center the wrapper I used 10% margin-left and margin-right. Which is apparently incorrect.

Please help me understand.

<!DOCTYPE html>
    <title>Getting Started with CSS Layout</title>
    <link href='https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Varela+Round' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="page.css">
    <link rel="stylesheet" href="style.css">
    <div class="container">
            <h1>Best City Guide</h1>

        <div class="main">
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            <p>&copy;2015 Residents of The Best City.</p>

/* Complete the challenge by writing CSS below */

.container {
  width: 80%;
  margin-left: ;
  margin-right: 10%;

1 Answer

Ryan S
Ryan S
27,264 Points

Hi Hussain,

The trick to centering a div in its parent element is to set the left and right margins to "auto". Your method works mathematically (although you are missing the margin-left value which will cause a syntax error), however "auto" is preferred because it handles the math for you. It will end up being more flexible if you want to change the width of the container later on.

Good luck.