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HTML <center> Tag

The content of the <center> tag (text, graphic elements, tables and so on) is aligned to the center.

The <center> is a deprecated HTML tag and not supported in HTML5. Instead, use CSS text-align property (see an example below).

Syntax

The content of the <center> tag is being written between the opening (<center>) and closing (</center>) tags.

The <center> tag is a block-level element, which means it can contain other block-level and inline elements.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>This text is aligned to the left.</p>
    <center>And this one is placed in the center.</center>
  </body>
</html>

Result

Using CSS styles

As we’ve already mentioned, the <center> tag isn’t supported in HTML5․ Instead, we use CSS styles.

Example

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
  <head>
    <title>Title of the document</title>
  </head>
  <body>
    <p>This text is aligned to the left.</p>
    <p style="text-align:center">And this one is placed in the center.</p>
  </body>
</html>

Result

How to style <center> tag

Common properties to alter the visual weight/emphasis/size of text in <center> tag:?

  • CSS font-style property sets the style of the font. normal | italic | oblique | initial | inherit
  • CSS font-family property specifies a prioritized list of one or more font family names and/or generic family names for the selected element.
  • CSS font-size property sets the size of the font.
  • CSS font-weight property defines whether the font should be bold or thick. CSS text-transform Property controls text case and capitalization.
  • CSS text-decoration property specifies the decoration added to text, and is a shorthand property for text-decoration-line, text-decoration-color, text-decoration-style

Coloring text in <center> tag:

  • CSS color property describes the color of the text content and text decorations
  • CSS background-color property sets the background color of an element.

Text layout styles for <center> tag:

  • CSS text-indent property specifies the indentation of the first line in a text block.
  • CSS text-overflow property specifies how overflowed content that is not displayed should be signaled to the user.
  • CSS white-space property specifies how white-space inside an element is handled.
  • CSS word-break property specifies where the lines should be broken.

Other properties worth looking at for <center> tag


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