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position:absolute, I would like to center in available space, defaults to left

Posted on 2011-02-15
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Experimenting with absolute positioning:

      div.slide-table-container {
                  z-index: 1;
                  position: absolute;
                  top: 288px;
            }

If I don't specify a left: 000px; value, then it seems to default to pushing my div against the left edge of its containing div. Is it possible to center an absolute positioned div in the available horizontal space? Thank you.
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cyberstalker earned 500 total points
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It is. But if you want it to work in Internet Explorer too, you will have to explicitly specify a width for your element.

 
div.slide-table-container {
    z-index: 1;
    position: absolute;
    top: 288px;
    left: 50%;
    margin-left: -[half of the width]px;
    width: [your width here]px;
}

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Note the minus sign in front of the margin-left.
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by:bbdesign
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Great, this seems to have actually worked out very well in this case. Thank you!
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