Formating Tables and Cells in Dreamweaver

This Dreamweaver tutorial will show you how to change the appearance of tables by setting the various properties available for formatting tables. See the Dreamweaver tutorial: About Tables to learn which table properties take precedence over others.

You can change the appearance of tables by setting various table properties for the table and its cells or by applying a preset design to the table.

Many of the table properties can be viewed and changed in Property Inspector with the table or cell selected.

Dreamweaver Tutorial: View and Set Table Properties

1. Select a table, cell, row,or column.

2. In the Property Inspector, click the the expander selector in the lower right corner to see all the properties.

Dreamwever table properties

In the Property Inspector, you'll see table properties for the following:

Property Description
Table ID Table ID is an ID for the table.
Rows The number or rows in the table
Cols The number of columns in the table
Width The width of the table in pixels, or as a percentage of the browser window's width.
Height The height of the table in pixels, or as a percentage of the browser window's height. You usually don't need to set the height of a table.
Cell Pad Cell Padding is the number of pixels between a cell's content and the cell boundaries. If Cell Padding is not specified, by default, Dreamweaver sets it to 1 pixel.
CellSpace Cell Spacing is the number of pixels between adjacent table cells. If Cell Spacing is not specified, by default, Dreamweaver sets it to 2 pixels.
Align

Align determines where the table appears, relative to other elements in the same paragraph.

Left - aligns the table to the left of other elements so that text will wrap around the table to the right.
Right - aligns the table to the right of other elements with text wrapping around it to the left.
Center - aligns the table in the center with text appearing above and below the table.
Default - indicates that the browser should use its default alignment.
Note: If you want to display other content next to a table, use the Left or Right alignment.

Border Border specified the width, in pixels, of the table's borders.
Bg Color Bg Color is the table's background color.
Bg Image Bg Image specified the image to use for the table background image.
Brdr Color Brdr Color is the color for the table's borders.
Clear Column Widths This button deletes all explicitly specified column width values
Clear Row Heights This button deletes all explicitly specified row heights
Convert Table Widths to Pixels This button sets the width of each column in the table to its current width in pixels.
Convert Table Height to Pixels This button sets the height of each column in the table to its current width in pixels.
Convert Table Widths to Percent This button sets the width of each column in the table to its current width expressed as a percentage of the Document window's width.
Convert Table Heights to Percent This button sets the height of each column in the table to its current width expressed as a percentage of the Document window's width.

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