How to center a properly cleared DIV structure?

Dear Experts,

i am struggling with a page Layout. Basically, its structured like this:

* Main container
-- Content area
-- Sidebar

After realizing that my content will not stretch my DIV to its full height, i ended up on google and found the so-called clearfix method / hack.

I applied it. And yes, basically it does work, but it throws up a new problem.

Now my design is no longer centered. It is always stuck on the left.

Can anyone help me with this?

Thank you!
.clearfix:after {
	visibility: hidden;
	display: block;
	font-size: 0;
	content: " ";
	clear: both;
	height: 0;
}

* html .clearfix             { zoom: 1; } /* IE6 */
*:first-child+html .clearfix { zoom: 1; } /* IE7 */

.clearfix {
	display: inline-table;
}

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Shinesh PremrajanEngineering ManagerCommented:
#container {
  width: 700px ;
  margin-left: auto ;
  margin-right: auto ;
}

hope this helps
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spiritwithinAuthor Commented:
Thank you!

I was already using the automargin method but it is what doesnt work anymore, once i apply the clearfix.

My bad, i should have shown how my structure looks like:
html {
	 height:			100%;
}

body {   
     margin:            0px;
     padding:           0px;
	 font-weight:       normal; 
     font-family:       Georgia, Tahoma, Arial, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;
     font-size:         12px;
     color:             #000000;
	 height:			100%;
	 min-height:		100%;
	 background-color:	#150401;
	 background-repeat:	repeat-x;
	 background-image:	url('/img/page/bgGradient.jpg');
}           

			.x-outer {
				position:			relative;
				width:				778px;
				margin:				0px auto;
				min-height:			100%;
				height:				auto !important;
				height:				100%;
				background-color:	#ffffff;
				background-image:	url('/img/missy/page/bgMidGradient.gif');
			}

			.x-outer .x-container {
				float:				 left;
				height:				 100%;
				width:				 491px;
				padding-left:        16px;
			}

			.x-outer .sidebar {
				background-color:	 #dddfc0;
				border-left:	 	 1px solid #fffbed;
				float:				 right;
				width:				 240px;
				padding-left:		 22px;
			}
			



		<div class="x-outer">
			<div class="x-container">
				abc
			</div>
		</div>

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spiritwithinAuthor Commented:
Oh, and - i have tried removing the

display: inline-table

from the clearfix already. Then its centered again, but the clearfix doesnt work properly, the way it should, anymore.
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spiritwithinAuthor Commented:
I was able to fix the problem by using a height attribute only on the primary outer container, but not on the inner containers. I was then able to remove the inline-table property from the clearfix without losing clearfix functionality.

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