by Sai gowtham

CSS- Center a anchor element horizontally

In this tutorial, we are going to learn about how to center a anchor <a> element horizontally in CSS with the help of examples.

Consider, we have the following anchor element in div:

<div class="container">
  <a href="https://google.com" class="link">Google</h1>
</div>

To center a anchor element horizontally, add the display:flex and justify-content: center to the anchor CSS class.

“justify-content: center” centers the anchor element horizontally.

Here is an example:

<div class="container">
  <a href="https://google.com" class="link">Google</a>
</div>

CSS:

.link{
    display: flex;
    justify-content: center;
}

or we can add the inline styles to anchor element using the style attribute in HTML.

<div class="container">
  <a href="https://google.com" style="display: flex;justify-content: center;">
   Google
  </a>
</div>

Centering the div horizontally using absolute position

We can also use the absolute positioning in css to center the anchor <a> horizontally.

Here is an example:

<div class="container">
  <a href="https://google.com" class="link">Google</a>
</div>
.link{
   position:absolute;
   left:50%;
   transform:translateX(-50%);
}
  1. Here we added position:absolute to the anchor element css class, so the element breaks out from the normal document flow and positioned to its relative parent (eg: body or parent element).

  2. The left:50% moves the element 50% right from its position.

  3. The translateX(-50%) moves the element 50% left from it’s position.

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