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7. Page Layout 101 > 7.6. Formatting Tables

Formatting Tables

When you first insert a table, you set the number of rows and columns, as well as the table’s cell padding, cell spacing, width, and borders. You’re not stuck, however, with the properties you first give the table; you can change any or all of these properties, and set a few additional ones, using the Property inspector.

When you select a table in Standard view, the Property inspector changes to reflect that table’s settings (see Figure 7-15). You can adjust the table by entering different values for height, width, rows, columns, and so on in the appropriate fields.

Expanded Table mode lets you clearly view the structure of table-based layouts. In Standard view (top), it can be difficult to distinguish tables, rows, columns, and cells. With Expanded Table mode turned on (bottom), Dreamweaver displays tables with extra borders and cell spacing to make selecting and working with tables and cells easier. (Expanded Table mode is just an extension of the Standard mode. You can’t use any of the Layout mode tools—cell or table drawing tools, for example—in Expanded Table mode.)

Figure 7-14. Expanded Table mode lets you clearly view the structure of table-based layouts. In Standard view (top), it can be difficult to distinguish tables, rows, columns, and cells. With Expanded Table mode turned on (bottom), Dreamweaver displays tables with extra borders and cell spacing to make selecting and working with tables and cells easier. (Expanded Table mode is just an extension of the Standard mode. You can’t use any of the Layout mode tools—cell or table drawing tools, for example—in Expanded Table mode.)


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