It often seems like a lot more effort than necessary when aligning things vertically in CSS, especially when using responsive designs. This CSS vertical align tip shows you a quick solution, using just three lines of CSS (excluding vendor prefixes).
Unless using CSS tables and
vertical-align: center; – aligning things centrally usually involves setting a fixed height, then using
top: 50%; – then you have to give it a negative margin-top of half the fixed height. This is a lot of code to do something simple – and what happens if the thing you’re aligning vertically doesn’t have a fixed height? The answer, as usual, is a jQuery workaround – more effort.
Everything above is what I used to use for aligning text on a ‘splash screen’ if you like, and it did work well – but now I’ve updated my existing code using this new method, due to its ease of use. It even works in IE9!
So, enough with the chat – here’s the code:
As with the old method, we still need
top: 50%; but we no longer require a fixed height. No matter what the height of your element, even if it’s a percentage, the
transform: translateY(-50%) will move the element back up by half of its height – aligning it centrally.
All of the vendor prefixes are included, so this trick should work in nearly all browsers, including IE9! It works for text, images, multiple lines of text – almost anything can now be vertically aligned easily.