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Howto properly use vertical-align to align elements vertically

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Say you want to vertically align a div box inside a div container. This is how you do it:


<div id="container"> <div class="box"> <span> Some text...<br />in two lines. </span> </div> </div>


Set the line-height to the container's (implicit) height. The container MUST have a height >= its line-height, because the line-height actually spans the area inside which .box will align vertically.

#container { line-height: 50px; }

Because the container's line-height is inherited by .box, reset it to a normal value now. You may use the (browser dependent) default value 'normal'. Omit display: inline-block; for elements that already are inline elements (e.g. a span).

.box { vertical-align: middle; line-height: 1.1em; display: inline-block; }

Also see How to make a single check box (or image, etc) align vertically.

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