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Make a Table

There is one more feature of web pages that you can skip for a while, but eventually you really need to have control over, and that is tables. Tables allow you to put things in columns and rows. Without tables, you can only have one long list of text and graphics. The examples on the opposite page show the same web page, just with and without table borders.

If you’ve ever made a table in a word processor, you can make a table on a web page—it’s exactly the same concept. Even if you’ve never made a table before, you can make one on a web page. Read the directions in your particular software for the specific details of making and formatting tables.

Basically, it’s a matter of clicking the table button or choosing the table command from the menu. Enter how many rows and columns you want and click OK.

  • If you don’t want the border to show around your table, change the border amount to 0 (zero).
  • If you want more space between table cells, select the table and change the spacing value.
  • If you want to move the text further from or closer to the inside edges of table cells, select the table and change the padding value.
  • If you want to make text or graphics align at the top, bottom, left, right, or along the baselines of text, first select the individual cell. Then find the button or command in your software and click.

You can resize the entire table, resize the individual rows and columns, group several cells into one cell, add or delete rows or columns, etc. Most applications let you color the background of individual cells. Once you’ve got a table on the page, you can insert text into it, format text, insert graphics, make links from the text and graphics inside the table, and do everything else you’ve learned to do on the web page. The cells will expand as you type text or insert graphics.

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