Large CSS background moves on resize, in IE 8

This post is in continuation to the a solution given by webdesignerWall, regarding the use of large CSS backgrounds in your website. You can check the site below:

The solution he states is that of using display:table; for body tag wherein you are specifying your large background.

The solution works quite fine! But when it comes to IE 8 – unfortunately, you end up in a mess.

I have a small work around for this issue. It works totally cool in almost all the browsers.


All you need to do is load the same image twice – one for the body, and the other for a header div container. Difference being the body will be showing the full width of 100% but the header container will show only say 1000px, of center of the image.

Have a look at the CSS to get an idea:

body {
background:url(Images/bg.png) no-repeat center top;
font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;
margin: 0;
padding: 0;
text-align: center;
color: #000000;
background:url(Images/bg.png) no-repeat center top;
margin:0 auto;

Trick here is – during resizing to higher resolution, the background keeps showing, while the center section remains steady, you get a continuous image- actually overlapping, one with 1000px centered to your screen, while the other being the big image, 100% to the body, in its full glory.

And when you resize to smaller resolution, the 1000px guy comes into play, while the body background image keeps on moving in the behind (who cares 😉 all you see is the div container, which is stationary)

Worked successfully in almost all the browsers. But do verify it.

One note:Ensure that you play with paddings, borders, positioning and any css property that can shift the div container position by a pixel or two. You dont wanna show the end user that you are loading two images. Also, site performance wud be affected a bit. Can’t help it.

Hope this solves the problem!

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  11. I was struggling with this issue for a while and I finally managed. This is the correct way to put large css background. I wrote another tutorial step by step how to accomplish it. Check this out:


  12. background-attachment:fixed;
    in the body was the only thing that worked for me. i tried everything else, and there were a couple small problems.
    this was easier than the double background work-around, and it worked when display:table did not.
    thanks shiv!


  13. Hey,

    thanks for this tip. I was browser-testing (ick) and I came across this bug in IE8. Your fix works as advertised.

    I’ve also discovered a similar bug with background-color-ed DIVs resizing to fill the viewport, and losing their color outside of it when the scrollbars pop up! UGH IE WHYYYY



    1. Alex, i had faced the div background color issue in one of my projects wherein i had this big transparent div as a background for a css popup(just like lightbox). But there i captured the resize event of the browser window and then coded separately to resize my div accordingly.

      window.onresize = ResizeDiv;

      function ResizeDiv()
      //change the height and width of your div according to your browsers height and width here

      Hope this helps


  14. You are right. But if i am not mistaken that has a browser compatibility issue. That will not work in Chrome, Safari, FF or IE8, i guess. You can check out one of the sites that i had implemented this:

    You can resize the screen to different resolutions & see the
    effect of two overlapping images.


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  15. this worked for me :



  16. I had tested this on fiddler. The http request it makes is just one. But the rendering of two images is the catch here.

    I would recommend you to avoid this trick if your end-users still rely on a 56kbps modem.Logically speaking, under such cases, you can use the display: table, as most of them would not event have IE8 in their machines 🙂


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