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What am I doing wrong with this media query?

I've always had trouble with media queries, for example.....

I have a base style for a flexbox container:

.flex-container {
    margin: 75px 0;
    display: flex;
    flex-direction: column;
    justify-content: space-between;

Then I have a media query for mobile like this, which doesn't touch the container at all:

@media only screen (max-width : 739px) {
A bunch of styles here

Then I want the container to display as a row on anything bigger than my mobile query so I set my query like so:

@media only screen (min-width: 740px) {

.flex-container {
    flex-direction: row;

The container never changes to a row, it's always displayed in a column, regardless if I'm looking in Chrome at the mobile view, or I have the website at full screen (13 inch laptop). What am I missing?

Brendan Whiting
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Brendan Whiting
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Are the styles in this order? Also, what does it look like if you open up the dev tools and look at the styles in the Chrome dev tools, are there lines crossed out?

1 Answer

I’m not sure what you mean by the order. The desktop and mobile queries target the same things, but are listed in the order they appear on the screen and in the base styles.

I’m not able to look right now, but I saw some styles crossed out I think. What if I don’t see any?

It’s all one sheet, currently I have the queries above the base styles (for ease of use).