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Center Navigation Horizontally in Thesis

July 3, 2011 · 6 comments

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Thesis 1.x Notice: Thanks for reading this post! So, here's the deal. I wanted you to be aware that this post was written prior to the release of Thesis 2. So that means the instructions or other information provided applies specifically to Thesis 1.x and not the latest 2.x version. Thanks!

Centering your navigation horizontally across your site isn’t as easy as it sounds. There are a number of solutions I’ve come across to achieve this and most of them do the trick. I wanted to share one solution for centering a navigation horizontally that I have found works well and requires the least amount of css code.

How to Center your Navigation Horizontally

The method I’m using come from this blog and you can read more detail about it there. I have adapted it to work with your Thesis theme. Paste this into your custom.css file:

.custom .menu {

.custom .menu li {

.custom .menu a  {

I had to make one small tweak in order for it to work in Thesis. I added “float:none;” on line #7 because by default, the list items in the menu are floated to the left and that will cause the navigation to not center. You will also most likely add you own unique styling to the menu so it works with your design. This is simply the bare bones code to center it.

It would be cool if this feature was built directly into the next version of Thesis, so you can just check an option in the Navigation settings to center the menu.

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Anna July 28, 2011 at 3:13 am

Thanks dude!! I looked for a solution to this for ages! And yours was the easiest and best one! :)

Reply July 28, 2011 at 7:55 am

Yes, I’d also searched for ways to do this and there are a few methods out there, but this one was the easiest to implement. Credit goes to Harry of where I found this and then just adapted very slightly for Thesis.


Hrvoje Volarevic September 3, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Thank You, this really works!! I spent a lot of time trying to figure this out…
This is perfect! thanks!
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lizzie - strayed from the table August 8, 2012 at 10:37 pm

Thanks for sharing, it worked perfectly.
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Anchal Bhatia April 8, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Hey, it worked great for me. Thanks!!!
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Lauren August 8, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Thank you! This worked perfectly. :)


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