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Inline Block divs changing height on Active State

By : Geoffrey
Date : May 04 2020, 07:25 AM

I try to  have 4 boxes on my screen with some active effect like changing font size and some padding-top (to move the text down a little). everything is working well except that when I click on the boxes, it adds white space around that or the neighbouring boxes.

I need to adding a span inside the div with inline-block 100% height/width and applying the :active class to that span instead, then it would work fine for the top two boxes but the bottom two boxes would still do the same thing.


<div id="container"><div class="div one">div1</div><!-- 
--><div class="div two">div2</div><!-- 
--><div class="div three">div3</div><!-- 
--><div class="div four">div4</div></div>

@import url('https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Acme|Righteous&display=swap');

body, html{
    padding: 0;
    margin: 0;
    user-select: none;
    font-family: 'Acme', sans-serif;
    height: 100vh;
    width: 100vw;
    max-width: 100%;
    overflow: none;
    height: 50vh;
    width: 50vw;
    max-width: 50%;
    display: inline-block;
    text-align: center;
    line-height: 50vh;
    color: white;
    font-size: 4rem;
    overflow: none;
    cursor: pointer;
    font-size: 3.8rem;
    padding-top: 5px;
    background-color: #005b9f;
    background-color: #004c40;
    background-color: #6c6f00;
    background-color: #a00037;

What do I need to fix this and  change so that when I click on the boxes, it only update the content as styled and not change the height/width or style for the neighbouring divs.

Answer :

best way to fix this is the new CSS grid spec or flex, I've updated your code here so it works properly:


        height: 50vh;
        width: 50vw;
        display: block;
        text-align: center;
        line-height: 50vh;
        color: white;
        font-size: 4rem;
        overflow: none;
        box-sizing: border-box;


  1. Use float:left and display:block instead of display:inline-block and max-width.
  2. Use box-sizing: border-box; so the div does not change size when you add padding.
  3. Also, don't forget to assign overflow: hidden; in the body css element as this locks the global size of the body, thus preventing displaying scrollbars unintentionally.

Please let me know if it works for you fine .

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