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Splitting Hairy Rows

Nobody gets a table layout right the first time. Nobody. Seems like you always have to add a column or merge a row to get just the right setup. Suppose you’ve got a table with a single cell in the top row and six columns in the rest of the rows—and now you’ve got to split the top row into two equal cells. When you choose Split Cell from the Property inspector, Dreamweaver displays the dialog and suggests a number of columns to use, typically the maximum number of columns in the table. You might think, “Whoa, that’s way more than I need; let me dial this puppy back a notch or two.” But don’t touch that dial! It’s far better to initially split the cell into the maximum number of columns and then merge what cells are necessary to get the look you need. If you don’t, you’ll spend countless hours—okay, well maybe an extra 10 minutes or so—trying to get it right.


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