Inserting Tables in Dreamweaver

This Dreamweaver tutorial will demonstrate how to insert tables into your Web page. See the Dreamweaver tutorial: About Tables to learn about table properties.

Tables used to be a great way to control the layout of a web page. But with improvements to the way Cascasding Style Sheets (CSS) work with browsers, most web developers are opting to using CSS for page layout rather than tables. Most browswer like it better too. Tables, however, are still an excellent method of presenting certain types of information on web pages, especially that content that is best presented in rows or columns.

Tables typically consist of onr or more rows and one or more columns. Each rectanglular area at the intersection of a row and a column is called a cell. Cells contain the page's text or grahics.

You can insert a table anywhere on a page even within another table. These are called nested tables.

Dreamweaver Tutorial: Inserting a Table

Use the Insert bar or the Insert menu to create a new table. Then you can add text and images to the table in the same way that you add text and images outside of a table.

In the Design view of the Document window, place the insertion point where you want the table to appear. Select Insert, Table from the Insert menu or choose the Table button in the Common category of the Insert Bar.

Dreamweaver Insert Menu insert table

The Common category on the Insert Bar - Locate the Insert Table button.

Dreamweaver Insert Bar table button

The Insert Table Dialog Box appears. You can navigate from box to box by using the Tab key.

Dreamweaver Insert Table Dialog Box

Complete the dialog box by telling Dreamweaver how many rows and columns you want in your table. In the Table Width text box, enter a number that will either be in pixels or a percentage of the page width, then choose the units from the pop-up menu to the right of the text box.

You can also specify other properties. For Border thickness, enter a number in the text box for the size of the border, in pixels, that will be displayed between cells.

For Cell padding, enter a figure in the text box for the amount of space, in pixels, between the content in the cells and the cell border around it.

For Cell spacing, enter a figure in the text box for the amount of space, in pixels, between cells.

You can also tell Dreamweaver whether or not the table should include a Header row or column and where it should be located: Left, Top, or Both. The icons for the headers tell you what each choice looks like.

Click OK and the table appears in the document.

Dreamweaver table

Dreamweaver shows green dimension lines above the table to tell you the width of the table in pixels. The top line shows the width of the table in pixels. Each column shows the width of the column in pixels if you have set a fixed width for the column. Columns with widths relative to the table width show green lines without pixel values.

To insert a table within a table, place the insertion point inside a cell of an existing table, then choose either of the table insertion methods: Insert Table from the Insert Menu or Click on the Table icon on the Insert Bar.

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Using HTML Tables
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Inserting Tables
Selecting Tables, Rows, Columns, and Cells
Formatting Tables and Cells
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