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How to Use Tables

Before you begin working with tables, it is important to consider if a table is the appropriate format for your information. Tables are not to be used to organize the layout of a page; they are for organizing tabular data only. Following this guideline is important for accessibility reasons. An individual using a screen reading program will have a difficult time navigating and making sense of your page if you use tables incorrectly. See World Wide Web Consortium for more information on using tables in a manner that is accessible for all visitors to your site.

Creating a Table

1. Select the Table dropdown in the WYSIWYG editor and select the number of rows and columns you need for your table. 

Select the insert table function in the WYSIWYG editor

2. The table will be inserted into the WYSIWYG editor where you can expand the table and start entering your data.

Edit a Table

Once a table has been created, you can begin working with the table. If changes need to be made to the entire table, select a cell in the table. You will see a menu pop up underneath the table where you can perform various edits.

Insert table options

  1. Table Properties

  2. Delete Table

  3. Insert Row Before

  4. Insert Row After

  5. Delete Row

  6. Insert Column Before

  7. Insert Column After

  8. Delete Column

 Table Properties

The Table Properties options include:

  • Width: The width of the entire table on the page. If left blank, the table will default to 100% of the available space.

  • Height: The height of the entire table on the page. If left blank, the table will default to however much space is required by the amount of content in the table. If a height is specified, it is considered "absolute" and any data that extends past the height restriction will not be visible.

  • Cellspacing: The numeric value to indicate how much space should be created between one cell and the cells around it. The space outside of a given cell.

  • Cellpadding: The numeric value to indicate how much space should be created between the contents of a cell and the cell's borders. The space inside of a table cell.

  • Table Caption: For accessibility reasons, please check this box and provide a caption of the table, which briefly explains the purpose of the table.

  • Border: The numeric value to indicate how thick the border of the table should be.

    • 0= invisible border

    • 1=thin, solid line

    • 2+=progressively thicker, solid line

  • Alignment: The table's placement on the page: left, right, center.

Advanced settings and options when inserting a table


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