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Whole page shifting left when I define a <p> width.

Explorer ,
Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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OK, I know I'm asking this question because I'm an absolute beginner when it comes to CSS but here goes.

Many of the pages on my website (older ones created with GoLive) Are just <p> <img> <p> <img> and on and on.

A page I am working on is all nice and centred and then I select a <p> and go "edit rule" and go to box and  change it from auto to 800px. I do this so the text doesn't go all the way across the page which makes it hard to read. When I hit apply it changes the box but the whole page goes from being centered to being left justified. Everything on the page is up against the left border. What on earth is going on?

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Jun 03, 2020 Jun 03, 2020

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Review the CSS Box model.

https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_boxmodel.asp

 

You didn't mention which property you changed so it's impossible to comment.  For better answers, show us your code.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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The property I changed was <p> Box width, I changed it from auto to 800px wide.

 

Here is a link to the page.

 

https://www.victorianrailways.net/photogallery/suburb/sandingham_line/sandringham_line.html

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There is no such CSS property as box-width or box width. 

Perhaps you mean CSS box-sizing

In any case, the URL you posted contains neither.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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I am selecting a <p>  then going to Properties>CSS>Edit rule the following dialog appears

Screen Shot 2020-06-04 at 9.43.31 am.png

Which I change to this:
Screen Shot 2020-06-04 at 9.44.29 am.png

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CSS Definition for body, td, th is not the paragraph tag.  It's the whole enchilada.

You have effectively reduced entire page width to 800px and removed centering.  Don't do that.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Product User & Community Expert
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