anchor tag overflow

Hello experts,

I don't know why the anchor tag has the wrong width and height properties. The main element .notificationsBarNav is display flex, but on other similar "tabs" I use floating and the anchor tag is still wrong size when use with *google font icon* and some *span* text.

When I try to change the width and height  in the chromeDevTools, it doesn't react on it.

Here's the css:

.notificationsBarNav {
    height: 33px;
    padding: 0 5px;
    display: -webkit-flex;
    display: -moz-flex;
    display: -ms-flex;
    display: -o-flex;
    display: flex;
    justify-content: space-between;
    align-items: center;

    > div, a {
      height: 33px;

    a,i, span {
      color: #fff;

    .material-icons {
      font-size: 28px;
      line-height: 33px;

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Tom BeckCommented:
Inline elements like <a> and <span> cannot have width or height set. It will be ignored. Add display:inline-block to the <a> tag to change from inline to block behavior so that width can be set.

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Fajer39Author Commented:
you are right Tom, it works, thank You.

But one last problem- the height of the the anchor tag is ok now but the span with *(0)* is still not vertical-align: middle as it should. How to fix that?
Fajer39Author Commented:
Solved- I have to remove height and line-height
Tom BeckCommented:
Thanks for the points.
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