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The HTML Center Element (<center>) is a block-level element that can contain paragraphs and other block-level and inline elements. The entire content of this element is centered horizontally within its containing element (typically, the <body>).

This tag has been deprecated in HTML 4 (and XHTML 1) in favor of the CSS text-align property, which can be applied to the <div> element or to an individual <p>. For centering blocks, use other CSS properties like margin-left and margin-right and set them to auto (or set margin to 0 auto).

DOM Interface

This element implements the HTMLElement interface.

Implementation note: up to Gecko 1.9.2 inclusive, Firefox implements the HTMLSpanElement interface for this element.

Example 1

<center>This text will be centered.
<p>So will this paragraph.</p></center>

Example 2 (CSS alternative)

<div style="text-align:center">This text will be centered.
<p>So will this paragraph.</p></div>

Example 3 (CSS alternative)

<p style="text-align:center">This line will be centered.<br>
And so will this line.</p>


Applying text-align:center to a <div> or <p> element centers the contents of those elements while leaving their overall dimensions unchanged.

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