Div not centering horizontally

I want to center a div horizontally and vertically. This is the CSS I’m using from

top: 50%;
    height: 50%;
    transform: translate(0, -50%);
    width: 60%;
    margin: auto;
    border: solid;

It is centering vertically, but not horizontally. It aligned left.

In what HTML element do you wish to accomplish this?

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The page.

What is this page?

Do you mean the body element?

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Yes, the body element. I’m trying to broaden my CSS knowledge. I just use left with width and top with height to position elements.

Showing the CSS alone gives us no context for where it is used. You need to also show the HTML you are working with.

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<html lang="en">

<meta charset="utf-8">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,height=device-height,initial-scale=1">

<title>centered div</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" href="screen.css" media="screen">


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html, body {
   margin: 0;
body {
    display: flex;
    justify-content: center;
    align-items: center;
    background-color: #f9f9f9;
    font: normal 1em / 1.5  arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
div {
   width: 60%;
   padding: 0 1em;
   border: 1px solid #000;
   background-color: #fff;


Assume there is nothing else in the body element. Trying to center a picture frame on a wall, for lack of a better comparison.

<div class="className">


Here there is no content, so what do you expect to see?

An empty box centered horizontally and vertically. That’s it for starters. I will add content after.

From that article, to centre horizontally and vertically use:

.center {
  border: 5px solid;
  position: absolute;
  top: 50%;
  left: 50%;
  transform: translate(-50%, -50%);
  padding: 10px;

Better still use CSS Flexbox as in Post #7.