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How do I center my table in my panel?

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Hello, I'm new to working in the designer in VS 2010 so I'd written all of my code in the source window but am now re-doing the code using the designer. I have a few panels on my page that I hide and or show based on certain settings etc., so I'd like to keep the panels. How do I center my table within the panel?

            <asp:Panel ID="pnlManager" runat="server">
                <div class="updateAlert">
                    <asp:Panel runat="server" ID="pnlUpdateConfirmation" Visible="false" CssClass="UpdatedMessage Alert SavedSmall">
                        <h3>
                            <asp:Label runat="server" ID="lblConfirmationMsg"></asp:Label></h3>
                    </asp:Panel>
                </div>
                <table cellpadding="2" cellspacing="3">
                    <tr>
                        <td colspan="4" style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline">
                            <asp:HyperLink ID="hlRetunToList" runat="server" NavigateUrl="UARSubmissionList.aspx">Return To UAR List</asp:HyperLink>
                            <asp:LinkButton ID="lkbtnLogOff" runat="server" CssClass="logOffLink" OnClick="lkbtnLogOff_Click"
                                Text="Log Off" Width="115px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td colspan="4" style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline">
                            All information must be filled out completely or request will be denied!
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td colspan="4" style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblError" runat="server" CssClass="alertMessage" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td colspan="4" style="font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblMsg" runat="server" Font-Bold="true" ForeColor="#CC0000" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style2" style="text-align: right; padding: 8px 0 0 1px;">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17" style="text-align: right;">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style2" style="text-align: right; padding: 8px 0 0 1px;">
                            Request Type:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:RadioButtonList ID="ddlRequestType1" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" OnSelectedIndexChanged="ddlRequestType1_SelectedIndexChanged"
                                RepeatDirection="Horizontal">
                                <asp:ListItem Selected="True" Text="ADD" Value="0" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="CHANGE" Value="1" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="DEACTIVATE" Value="2" />
                            </asp:RadioButtonList>
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17" style="text-align: right;">
                            Date of Request:
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtDtOfReq" runat="server" MaxLength="10" Width="100px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblEmpName0" runat="server" Text="Employee Name:" />
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtEmpName" runat="server" MaxLength="50" Width="200px" />
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17" style="text-align: right;">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblHrDtTermDt" runat="server" Text="Hire Date:" />
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtHrDtTrmDt" runat="server" MaxLength="10" Width="100px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3">
                            Immediate Supervisor:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtImmSupName" runat="server" CssClass="disabledBold" MaxLength="50"
                                Width="200px" />
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: right" class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style2" style="text-align: right; padding: 8px 0 0 0;">
                            Employee Type:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:RadioButtonList ID="ddlEmpORCons" runat="server" RepeatDirection="Horizontal">
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Employee" Value="0" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Consultant" Value="1" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="Temp" Value="2" />
                            </asp:RadioButtonList>
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: right" class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3">
                            Branch:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtBranch" runat="server" CssClass="disabledBold" MaxLength="4"
                                Width="65px" />
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: right" class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3">
                            Department:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlDepartment" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" OnSelectedIndexChanged="ddlDepartment_SelectedIndexChanged"
                                Width="175px">
                            </asp:DropDownList>
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: right" class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3">
                            Posistion or Job Title:
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:DropDownList ID="ddlPosJobTitle" runat="server" AutoPostBack="true" Width="200px">
                            </asp:DropDownList>
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: right" class="style17">
                            Model After:
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtModelAfterTextBox" runat="server" MaxLength="30" Width="200px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3" style="text-align: right">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblNeedEmail" runat="server" Text="Need new email: " />
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16">
                            <asp:RadioButtonList ID="ddlNeedEmail" runat="server" RepeatDirection="Horizontal">
                                <asp:ListItem Selected="True" Text="Yes" Value="0" />
                                <asp:ListItem Text="No" Value="1" />
                            </asp:RadioButtonList>
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3" style="text-align: right">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblCompName" runat="server" Text="Computer Name: " />
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16" style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtCompName" runat="server" MaxLength="20" Width="100px" />
                            <a id="trigger" href="#">Find Computer Name</a>
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17" style="text-align: right">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblPrevExt" runat="server" Text="Previous Ext. (phone user):" />
                        </td>
                        <td style="text-align: left">
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtPrevExt" runat="server" MaxLength="4" Width="100px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3" colspan="4" style="text-align: left; vertical-align: bottom;">
                            <asp:Label ID="lblComment" runat="server" Text="Comments:  " />
                            <asp:TextBox ID="txtComment" runat="server" MaxLength="200" Rows="3" TextMode="MultiLine"
                                Width="400px" />
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                    <tr>
                        <td class="style3" style="text-align: right; vertical-align: bottom;">
                            <asp:Button ID="Submit" runat="server" OnClick="Submit_Click" Text="Submit" Width="65px" />
                        </td>
                        <td class="style16">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td class="style17">
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                        <td>
                            &nbsp;
                        </td>
                    </tr>
                </table>
                <br />
                <br />
            </asp:Panel>

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If i remove the panel the table defaults to "left justified". Ultimately I want the table(s), centered in the panel, again, I'd like to keep the panels in place for the existing code that shows / hides them when its appropriate.
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create a parent table with 1 cell that's width is 100%, set the text-align to center.
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@Kyle Abrahams: Do this within my panel? Or wrap the panel (and the main table within it) within this outer table?
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<panel>
<table style="width:100%; text-align:center">
  <tr>
   <td>  
      <table />  <!-- your existing table here -->
   </td>
</tr>
</table>
</panel>
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@Kyle Abraham: Thank you, will do.
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Note that in order for it to work each parent must be assigned 100%

This works in JSFiddle

<table style="width:100%; text-align:center"> 
    <tr>
        <td>
            <table style="width:100%">
                <tr>
                    <td>
                     some text
                    </td>
                </tr>
            </table>
        </td>
    </tr>
</table>

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So what's odd, is that this works in IE8, but not in fire fox, any suggestions?
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what version of firefox?  This it's working in version 31.
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Ok. Well miraculously, it is now working, go figure. Last question, in the designer, for some reason, if i put the Panel control in as we have discussed, it is hiding all of the controls of the table, that are wrapped in the panel. Any idea why that would happen?
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Is it set to visible = false or display = none by default?

Your page might have been cached which is why you would be seeing the incorrect results.  Glad you got it working.
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Thank you.
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