Dreamweaver Tables Tutorial

This Dreamweaver tutorial will explain how Dreamweaver tables work and the different view modes that you can use to work with tables, table formatting precedence, and about splitting and merging cells.

Dreamweaver tables are a powerful tool for laying out data, text, and graphics on a Web page. A table consists of one or more rows which are horizontal and columns which are vertical. The intersection of a row and a column is called a table cell.

Dreamweaver enables you to manipulate columns and rows as well as individual cells. Some designers use tables to lay out a web page. Dreamweaver provides two ways to view tables: Standard mode in which tables are presented as a grid of rows and columns, and Layout mode which allows you to draw, resize and move boxed on the page while still using using tables for the underlying structure.

Here is a Dreamweaver table viewed in Layout View.

Dreamweaver Table Layout View

Here's the same Dreamweaver table viewed in Standard View.

Dreamweaver Table Standard View

To change the view between Layout and Standard view, select View, Table Mode, and choose Layout or Standard Mode from the menu.

Dreamweaver View Table Mode

NOTE: Expanded Dreamweaver Tables Mode temporarily adds cell padding and spacing to all tables in a document to make them easier to edit.

See the sample table below.

Dreamweaver sample table

Dreamweaver tables display the table width and column width for each column in the table when it is selected or when the insertion point is in the table. The green arrows are for the table header menu and column header menus. You can click on the arrows to access some common table related commands.

Dreamweaver table width

Dreamweaver tagle width

If you do not see a width for the table or for a column, then that table or column does not have a specified width in the HTML code. If two numbers appear, then the visual width as it appears in Design view doesn't’t match the width specified in the HTML code. This can happen when you resize a table by dragging its lower-right corner or when you add content to a cell that’s larger than its set width.

For example, if you set a column’s width to 200 pixels, then add content that stretches the width to 250 pixels, two numbers appear for that column: 200 (the width specified in the code) and (250) in parentheses (the visual width of the column as it’s rendered on your screen).

Dreamweaver Tutorial: Table Formatting Precedence

When formatting Dreamweaver tables in Design view, you can set the properties for the entire table or for selected rows and columns, or cells in the table. You set properties such as background colors for the table, rows, or individual cells. An individual cell property takes precedence over that of the row or table. So if the background color for the table was black, but the background color for a row was blue, the blue row would show in the black table. If a cell in the blue row was set to white, it would show as a white cell in the blue row in the black table.

The order of precedence for table formatting is:

  1. Cells
  2. Rows
  3. Table
Table is the lowest level of precedence
Row is the middle level of precedence A cell is the highest level of precedence
     

Dreamweaver Tutorial: Splitting and Merging Cells

Cells can be merged together to provide a larger single cell. A cell can also be split into two or more cells. The table below was originally two columns and three rows. The two cells in the upper right corner were merged to form one larger cell. The cell on the bottom row of the right column was split into three cells.

You can split a cell into any number of rows or columns. Dreamweaver automatically adds the necessary code in the <table> tag to tell the browser how to render the table.

You can merge any number of cells that are adjacent to each other as long as the entire selection is a line or a rectangle of cells to produce a single cell that spans several rows or columns.

  These two cells were merged into one. The cell below was split into three cells.
 
       

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Formatting Tables and Cells
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