how do I add equal gap on each side of the text with css?

Tags: html,css,text,center

Problem :

I want to change from this to this How do I add the extra gap on both side and squeeze the text together more? basically I want to center the text without useing text-align:center because I like text-align:left better, but if I do left the text will not be in the center anymore.


<body> <!-- start of the body-->
            <ul class="sidemenu">
                <li><a href="">About Us</a></li>
                <li><a href="">Contact Us</a></li>
                <li><a href="">FAQ</a></li>
                <li><a href="">How To Order</a></li>
                <li><a href="">Term And Agreement</a></li>
                <li><a href="">Shipping Information</a></li>
            <div id="about-us">

            <p><h2>About Us</h2>Lorem ipsum .<br />

Morbi in libero quis quam consequat malesuada..</p>



#about-us {
margin: 10px auto;
position: relative;
padding:0em 0em;


#about-us p {
padding-top: 20px;


body {

background-color: #fff;
margin-top: 10px;
padding-top: 20px;


.sidemenu li a{
padding: 0em 1em;
line-height: 2em;


Solution :

Just add padding to the #about_us box while slice its width and height accordingly:

#about_us {
           padding:20px 40px;

and configure line-height for the p label:

#about_us p {

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