Nick lK Nick lK - 4 months ago 22
CSS Question

Center content in responsive bootstrap navbar

I'm having trouble centering my content in the bootstrap navbar. I'm using bootstrap 3. Iv read many posts, but the css or methods used will not work with my code! I'm really frustrated, so this is like my last option. Any help would be appreciated!

<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<head>
<title>Navigation</title>
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<!-- Bootstrap -->
<link href="css/bootstrap.min.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen">
<link href="css/style.css" rel="stylesheet" media="screen">
</head>
<body>
<div class="container">
<nav class="navbar navbar-default" role="navigation">
<!-- Brand and toggle get grouped for better mobile display -->
<div class="navbar-header">
<button type="button" class="navbar-toggle" data-toggle="collapse" data-target=".navbar-ex1-collapse">
<span class="sr-only">Toggle navigation</span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
<span class="icon-bar"></span>
</button>
</div>

<!-- Collect the nav links, forms, and other content for toggling -->
<div class="collapse navbar-collapse navbar-ex1-collapse">
<ul class="nav navbar-nav">
<li><a href="#">Link</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Link</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Link</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Link</a></li>
<li class="dropdown">
<a href="#" class="dropdown-toggle" data-toggle="dropdown">Dropdown <b class="caret"></b></a>
<ul class="dropdown-menu">
<li><a href="#">Action</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Another action</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Something else here</a></li>
<li><a href="#">Separated link</a></li>
<li><a href="#">One more separated link</a></li>
</ul>
</li>
</ul>
</div><!-- /.navbar-collapse -->
</nav>
<h1>Home</h1>

</div>
<!--JAVASCRIPT-->
<script src="js/jquery-1.10.2.min.js"></script>
<script src="js/bootstrap.min.js"></script>
</body>
</html>

Answer

I think this is what you are looking for. You need to remove the float: left from the inner nav to center it and make it a inline-block.

.navbar .navbar-nav {
  display: inline-block;
  float: none;
  vertical-align: top;
}

.navbar .navbar-collapse {
  text-align: center;
}

http://jsfiddle.net/bdd9U/2/

Edit: if you only want this effect to happen when the nav isn't collapsed surround it in the appropriate media query.

@media (min-width: 768px) {
    .navbar .navbar-nav {
        display: inline-block;
        float: none;
        vertical-align: top;
    }

    .navbar .navbar-collapse {
        text-align: center;
    }
}

http://jsfiddle.net/bdd9U/3/

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