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Should I use center or centering for figures and tables?

What is the correct way to cause a \tikzpicture to be centered? By default it appears to be aligned with the left margin.

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  • I preffer to put \makeatletter \g@addto@macro\@floatboxreset\centering \makeatother in the preamble, so that every tikzpicture is centered =) – N3buchadnezzar Jul 7 '12 at 10:52
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    @N3buchadnezzar Also covered in my answer to the linked question. – lockstep Jul 7 '12 at 10:53
  • I know =) Exelent answer, that is why I posted it as a comment not as an answer. I guess this question can be closed as Jake said, it is a duplicate. – N3buchadnezzar Jul 7 '12 at 10:55
  • Using adjustbox package: \begin{adjustbox}{center}\begin{tikzpicture}...\end{tikzpicture}\end{adjustbox} – Martin Scharrer Jan 8 at 20:51
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    Hi, just want to share a sublety: I applied this solution and I got the following error: "There's no line here to end." I found the error was caused by using line-breaking (//) within an edge label. I just removed the line-breaking and all worked well. – FSp Feb 25 '15 at 15:42

When the picture doesn't need to be put in a figure (i.e. when it doesn't need a caption), I use

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    In my case the picture is too wide, so it breaks the right margin. Is there a way to make it break the left and right margins equally? – Thomas Ahle Oct 24 '13 at 14:14

\hbox to \hsize{\hfil{Anything}\hfil}

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