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I'm getting in a mess with this layout! How can I get this layout to center and still all work! html and css below. Thanks
html
<head>
 
<link href="suttons.css" rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" media="all" />
</head>
<body>
<div id="main">
<div id="suttonlogo">
<div id="topnavtext">Mortgages &#9679; Furniture &amp; Refurbishment &#9679; Guide to Manchester &#9679;  Job Vacancies &#9679; Contact Us</div>
</div><!--suttonlogo end-->
<b class="b1f"></b><b class="b2f"></b><b class="b3f"></b><b class="b4f"></b>
      <div id="content">
          <div class="left">
    <ul class="link_list">
     <li><a href="#">Property for Sale</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Property for Let</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Selling your Property</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Renting your Property</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Black Management</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Mortgages</a></li>
      <li><a href="#">Furniture &amp; Refurbishment</a></li>                      
    </ul>
          <div id="orangeband"><span class="property">PROPERTY</span><span class="search">SEARCH</span></div>
               <!-- start module quick_search -->
      <div class="module_quick_search">
        <form name="quick_search"class="searchform quicksearch" method="post" action="index.php?option=com_content&id=38&task=view">
          <!--<h3>Quick Search</h3>-->
          <p class="formLine"> 
            <label for="name"><strong>Min. price:</strong></label>
            <select name="min_price">
              <option value="0">0</option>
              <option value="100000">100K</option>
              <option value="200000">200K</option>
              <option value="300000">300K</option>
              <option value="400000">400K</option>
              <option value="500000">500K</option>
              <option value="650000">650K</option>
              <option value="800000">800K</option>
              <option value="1000000">1M</option>
            </select>
          </p>
          <p class="formLine">
            <label for="name"><strong>Max. price: </strong></label>
            <select name="max_price">
              <option value="100000">100K</option>
              <option value="200000">200K</option>
              <option value="300000">300K</option>
              <option value="400000">400K</option>
              <option value="500000">500K</option>
              <option value="650000">650K</option>
              <option value="800000">800K</option>
              <option value="1000000">1M</option>
              <option value=""selected="selected">No limit</option>
            </select>
          </p>
          <p class="formLine">
            <label for="name"><strong>Bedrooms: </strong></label>
            <select name="num_beds">
              <option value="0" selected="selected">0</option>
              <option value="1">1</option>
              <option value="2">2</option>
              <option value="3">3</option>
              <option value="4">4</option>
              <option value="5">5</option>
              <option value="6">6</option>
              <option value="7">7</option>
              <option value="">No limit</option>
            </select>
          </p>
          <p class="formLine hidden"><strong>Location, Postcode, Keywords: </strong><input name="area_str_0" type="text" id="keywords" class="textbox" value=""/></p>
          <p class="formSubmit">
            <input type="submit"class="formButton"value="Search"/>
          </p>
        </form>
    </div>
    <!-- end module quick_search --> 
          
        </div><!--left end-->   
        <b class="b1d"></b><b class="b2d"></b><b class="b3d"></b><b class="b4d"></b>
          <div class="banner">
          <div id="headertext">
          <span class="bannerproperty">PROPERTY</span><span class="bannerfor">FOR</span><span class="bannersale">SALE</span>
          </div>
        </div><!--banner end-->
        
    <b class="b4d"></b><b class="b3d"></b><b class="b2d"></b><b class="b1d"></b>
    <div id="maincontent"><?php mosMainBody(); ?></div>
    </div>
<b class="b4f"></b><b class="b3f"></b><b class="b2f"></b><b class="b1f"></b>
<div id="footerinfo">&copy; Living Ltd 2008</div>
</div>
</body>
 
 
CSS
 
@charset "utf-8";
/* CSS Document */
/*body template*/
body{background-color:#223289; margin: 0; padding:0;}
#main {width: 920px;height:100%;text-align:center;background-color:#223289;
padding-top:0%; margin: 0 auto;}
#content{width:920px;height:98%;padding:1%;background-color:#fbfeee;}
#content .left{float:left;width:20%;height:98%;background-color:#868686; }
#content .banner{width:100%;height:10%;margin-top:0px;background-color:#FF9900;z-index:2;position:relative; text-align:left;}
.b1f, .b2f, .b3f, .b4f{font-size:1px; overflow:hidden; display:block;}
.b1f {height:1px; background:#fbfeee; margin:0 5px;}
.b2f {height:1px; background:#fbfeee; margin:0 3px;}
.b3f {height:1px; background:#fbfeee; margin:0 2px;}
.b4f {height:2px; background:#fbfeee; margin:0 1px;}
 
.b1c, .b2c, .b3c, .b4c{font-size:1px; overflow:hidden; display:block;}
.b1c {height:1px; background:#868686; margin:0 5px;}
.b2c {height:1px; background:#868686; margin:0 3px;}
.b3c {height:1px; background:#868686; margin:0 2px;}
.b4c {height:2px; background:#868686; margin:0 1px;}
 
.b1d, .b2d, .b3d, .b4d{font-size:1px; overflow:hidden; display:block;}
.b1d {height:1px; background:#FF9900; margin:0 5px;}
.b2d {height:1px; background:#FF9900; margin:0 3px;}
.b3d {height:1px; background:#FF9900; margin:0 2px;}
.b4d {height:2px; background:#FF9900; margin:0 1px;}
/*jen*/
#suttonlogo{
width: 100%;
background:url(images/suttonslogo.gif) no-repeat;
height: 80px;
}
#mainlogo{
width: 192px;
float:left;
background-color:#CC9900;
}
#topmenu{
width:728px;
float:left;
background-color:#33CC00;
}
#topnavtext{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:12px;
color:#FFFFFF;
padding: 55px 0px 0px 340px;
text-align:left;
}
/*body template end*/
      ul.link_list {
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0px;
list-style-type: none;
        width: 200px;
		text-align:left;
		padding-bottom: 20px;
      }
      ul.link_list li {
        margin: 0;
        padding: 0;
      }
      ul.link_list a {
        display: block;
        width: 200px;
        height: 20px;
        border-bottom: 1px #FFF solid;
        font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
        font-weight: bold;
        font-size: 12px;
        line-height: 20px;
        padding: 0 5px;
        text-decoration: none;
      }
      ul.link_list a:link, ul.link_list a:visited {
        color: #fff;
        background: #868686;
      }
      ul.link_list a:focus, ul.link_list a:hover {
        color: #FFF;
        background: #777;
      }
      ul.link_list a:active {
      }
      ul.link_list li.color_2 a:link, ul.link_list li.color_2 a:visited {
        color: #fff;
        background: #7D7B7C;
      }
      ul.link_list li.color_2 a:focus, ul.link_list li.color_2 a:hover {
        color: #FFF;
        background: #777;
      }
      ul.link_list li.color_2 a:active {
        color: #fff;
        background: #7D7B7C;
      }
	        ul.link_list li.color_2 a:hover{
        color: #fff;
        background: #D0D0D0;
      }
 
	  /*nav end*/
#productheader{
width: 140px;
height: 35px;
background:url('images/pinkproducts.gif') no-repeat;
}
#leftnav{
background-color:#fff;
width: 140px;
padding: 0px 0px 0px 0px;
float:left;
}
 
#orangeband{
width: 200px;
height: 35px;
background-color:#FF9D1C;
padding: 10px 0 0 10px;
text-align:left;
}
.property{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:14px;
font-weight:bold;
color:#000066;
}
.search{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:14px;
font-weight:bold;
color:#ffffff;
}
#headertext{
width: 300px;
padding: 25px 0 0 10px;
}
.bannerproperty{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:16px;
font-weight:bold;
color:#000066;
text-align:left;
padding: 0px 0 0 20px;
margin: 0;
}
.bannerfor{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:16px;
font-weight:bold;
color:#fff;
text-align:left;
 
}
.bannersale{
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:16px;
font-weight:bold;
color:#000066;
text-align:left;
}
/*search script*/
p.formLine{
padding: 0 0 0 0;
margin: 5px;
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:11px;
color:#FFFFFF;
}
label
{
width: 8em;
float: left;
text-align: left;
margin-left: 0em;
display: block;
padding: 5px 0 0 0;
}
.formButton{
color:#223289;
background-color:#FF9D1C;
font-weight:bold;
}
.formSubmit{
padding-left: 5px;
}
#searchtitle{
width: 94px;
height: 30px;
background:url(../images/search_back.gif) no-repeat;
}
.module_quick_search{
background:url(../images/searchline.gif) repeat-x;
width: 200px;
padding-top: 20px;
}
.searchtext{
color:#fff;
font-size: 12px;
font-weight:bold;
padding: 10px 0 0 7px;
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
}
.formLine hidden{
text-align:left;
}
#footerinfo{
width: 100%;
height: 20px;
color:#FFFFFF;
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
font-size:10px;
padding-top: 5px;
}
/*main body*/
#maincontent{
width: 100%;
text-align:left;
padding: 10px 5px 0px 5px;
}

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in your css,
for element #main  add
position:absolute; left:15%;

and see what it does.
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This does indeed work, however I need it work of the margin: 0 auto somehow in order to get it to look good in all resolutions. I can't understand why it ignores this statement.
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your margin statement is being ignored because either the container's layout or the wrapper(in this case the body)'s layout is not *fixed*

add position:absolute; either to body or to your mail and check.
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It just gets ignored and the page doesn't center.
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Can't get this to work, am going to rebuild site again.
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