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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Tables: Adjusting Basic Table Elements

Once you have created basic table elements, it is likely that you will want to adjust them. This document explains the difference between table and cell properties and then shows how to adjust a few basic table elements.

return to topComparing Table and Cell Properties

When you adjust tables, you can adjust some properties that affect the entire table and other properties that affect only the cell you are working with. For example, if you want to align the entire table to the center of the page, you would adjust the alignment property of the entire table. If you wanted to align the text in a cell to the center of that cell, you would adjust the alignment property of that individual cell.

Because table properties and cell properties are often called the same thing, it is important to pay attention to which property you want to adjust. The following table summarizes some of the key differences:

Term Table Property Cell Property
Alignment Aligns the entire table to the right, center, or left of the page Aligns the text in a cell to the right, center, or left of the cell
Height Adjusts the height of the entire table Adjusts the height of the specified cell
Width Adjusts the width of the entire table Adjust the width of the specified cell

return to topAdding Rows and Columns

You may add a row or column to a table you have already created.

  1. Place the insertion point in a cell adjacent to the row/column to be inserted

  2. From the Table menu, select Insert » Rows or Columns...
    The Insert Rows or Columns dialog box appears.

  3. Complete the Insert Rows or Columns dialog box as appropriate

  4. Click OK
    The rows or columns are inserted.

return to topDeleting Rows and Columns

When you delete a row or column, all cells (and their contents) in the group are deleted.

  1. Place the insertion point in the row or column to be deleted

  2. From the Table menu, select Select » Row or Column
    The Row or Column is selected.

  3. From the Table menu, select Delete Rows or Columns, respectively
    OR
    Right click » select Delete Cells Rows or Columns, respectively
    OR
    Press [Delete]

return to topUsing the Mouse to Adjust Table Elements

WARNING: If you use the mouse to adjust row height or column width, FrontPage assigns a fixed pixel height/width to the cells, which can ultimately affect the table height and width.

If table width becomes fixed at greater than 600 pixels, it may cause the following:

Fixed row height may cause awkward or uneven spacing between rows. It is better to set and maintain a relative height and width by adjusting rows and columns using the Properties dialog box.

return to topAdjusting Row Height

You can adjust row height either by clicking and dragging the border or by typing a value in the Cell Properties dialog box. Typing the row height into the dialog box is recommended to ensure uniform formatting across browsers.

  1. Point to the left of the row you wish to adjust
    Your pointer turns into a black arrow.

  2. Click to select the row

  3. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Cell
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Cell Properties...
    The Cell Properties dialog box appears.

  4. In the Layout area of the dialog box, select Specify height

  5. In the Specify height text box, type the desired height
    HINT: Height can be expressed as a percent of table height or as a fixed numbers of pixels.

  6. Click OK

return to topAdjusting Column Width

You can adjust column width either by clicking and dragging or by typing a value in the Cell Properties dialog box. Typing the column width into the dialog box is recommended to ensure uniform formatting in other browsers.

  1. Select the column you want to adjust

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Cell
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Cell Properties...
    The Cell Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Layout area of the dialog box, select Specify width

  4. In the Specify width text box, type the desired width
    HINT: Width can be expressed as a of percentage table width or as a fixed number of pixels.

  5. Click OK

return to topMerging Cells

  1. Select the cells to be combined
    NOTE: To learn how to select cells, refer to Selecting Tables or Table Parts.

  2. From the Table menu, select Merge Cells
    OR
    Right click the selected cells » select Merge Cells

return to topSplitting Cells

  1. Select the cell(s) to be split
    NOTE: To learn how to select cells, refer to Selecting Tables or Table Parts.

  2. From the Table menu, select Split Cells...
    OR
    Right click the selected cells » select Split Cells...
    The Split Cells dialog box appears.

  3. Complete the dialog box as appropriate

  4. Click OK

return to topAdjusting Cell Spacing and Padding

Cell spacing is the space between adjacent cells. Cell padding is the amount of blank space surrounding text or images in a cell. Adjusting either of these options affects the entire table.

The following graphics are examples of tables that use cell spacing and cell padding:

Table with 
Cell Spacing
of 10
Cell 1 Cell 2
Cell 3 Cell 4
Table with 
Cell Padding
of 10
Cell 1 Cell 2
Cell 3 Cell 4

Adjusting Cell Spacing

  1. Place the insertion point in the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. Within the Layout area, in the Cell spacing text box, type the desired spacing

  4. Click OK

Adjusting Cell Padding

  1. Place the insertion point in the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. Within the Layout area, in the Cell padding text box, type the desired padding

  4. Click OK

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