Hotmail Centering Text

Has anyone experienced hotmail centering text? If so does anyone know a workaround this?
Many Thanks

Diana Diana, 7 years ago

Hi Darren,

Do you have a table in your code that's centered (with an align="center")? If so that could be the culprit, a fix is to add align="left" in the td that contains your text.

D. Potter
Campaign Monitor
Dogmatix, 7 years ago

I'm in a similar situation, just spent the last 3 hours trying to fix this, still no joy :(

Trying to center a 600px wide email, but hotmail centers the email and all the text inside???


align="center" on the table, and overide with align="left" on the td

align="center" on a parent td, align="left" on the child table

align="center" on a parent td, align="left" on the child td etc etc.

Every combination I try still fails? Messe about with text-align and auto margins, no luck there either.

Is it even possible to have a centered email with left aligned text in Hotmail (IE8 in this case)?

Client is insisting email is aligned centre, not me btw :)
I have told them keeping it left is best.

Any knudge in the right direction appreciated.

tubbs, 7 years ago

It is possible. Try having a 100% width wrapper table with the <td> align centre then nest the 600px table within that and align left on all the <td>'s that require it.

BThies BThies, 7 years ago

As a tip, put all of your "align=" in <td>'s and not in <table> tags.

As tubbs wrote, using a 100% wrapper with the align="center" in the <td> will solve the alignment of the primary 600px table.  Any further nested tables should be aligned using the parent <td>'s.

To guarantee your text aligns correctly, place the text within a <div>, such as <div align="left">copycopy</div>.

Brian Thies
Professional Email Developer
Thies Publishing
Dogmatix, 7 years ago

Now that sounded like the perfect solution, so I tried it, but still my text came out center aligned in hotmail. Having exhausted all logic, I was ready to admit defeat, when I thought maybe, just maybe, my way of testing might be influencing this... And sure enough it was!

I usually use an Outlook macro to send my early tests as an attachment, saves a few mins until I'm ready for the final test in CM. But after sending my test via CM, all was fine :)

Thanks everyone for your input, much appreciated.


PDD2010, 7 years ago

Here's an interesting hack if anyone would like it - fixes the non-centre table in hotmail:

Just add to the top of your css

/* Hotmail Centre Align Fix*/
.ReadMsgBody {width: 100%;}
.ExternalClass {width: 100%;}

roshodgekiss roshodgekiss, 7 years ago

Thanks, PDD2010! FYI, we also have a post on this Hotmail alignment fix (with examples) in our blog. Worth a read for a little context on the fix above.

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skygod, 7 years ago

It's Outlook 2007 (and Outlook 2010)!!!

Sending mail from these applications causes the problems that you are describing.

I've just spent 4 days trying to sort it out. Using a desktop client with a standards based rendering engine (such as Thunderbird) works fine as does using a 3rd party campaign management service.

Outlook (since v2007) uses MS Word as the rendering engine and inserts a lot of M$ 'junk' that gets misinterpreted by the webmail hosts (especially Hotmail & Google when viewed using Internet Explorer).

Good Luck

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