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How do I create or edit a table?

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Creating a table is pretty easy...once you know what the options mean. Sometimes, though, you almost have too many options available. We'll explain how to create a table, and show you all the other table-related functions in the text editor.

Table icons in the rich text editor.

Here's a more in-depth explanation of these table icons:

Create or edit a table

When creating or editing a table, you'll see the following options:

  • Cols & Rows: The number of columns & rows for the table. (Can edit later.)
  • Cellpadding & Cellspacing: Adds space (in pixels) between the cells of the table.
  • Table Caption: Gives you a text area right above the table. Add any descriptive text you want!
  • Border: Add a border (in pixels) around each each cell of your table. Leave blank for no border.
  • Width & Height: Specify how wide or tall you want your table to be. We recommend entering a percentage value (ex. 100%) - it will help your table look better in a variety of browsers & devices.
  • Class: Generally, you'll want to leave this blank.
Delete table  
Row properties Ignore this one - use the cell properties icon instead.
Cell properties

When editing a cell's properties, you'll see the following options:

  • Alignment: The horizontal alignment of the text - left, right, center.
  • Cell Type: Choose header (like the cell that says "Column One") or data (like the cell that says "Text for column one")
  • Vertical alignment: The alignment of the text - top center, or bottom of the cell.
  • Scope: Generally, leave this as is.
  • Width & Height: Treat like width & height for the table.
  • Class: Generally, you can leave this alone.
  • The drop-down lets you apply these properties to a single cell, an entire row, or an entire column.
Add a row after the current row  
Add a row before the current row  
Delete the current row  
Add a column after the current column  
Add a column before the current column  
Delete the current column  
Split merged cells  
Merge cells  


The most common problem people seem to have is that the table hangs over the edge of the box - there are a couple of ways to resolve this:

  • Check the width of your table & table cells using the table & cell property icons (see above). Make sure they're not wider than the LibGuides column that the box is in. You can check the LibGuides column size by heading to Add / Edit Pages > Resize Columns.
  • There's also an HTML property that can often cause problems. In the Rich Text editor, click the Plain-Text Editor tab. You might see a line (or lines) that look like this:

    <table align="left" border="0">
    <td align="left">

    If you see any reference to "align" in your table's HTML, delete it! This is depreciated HTML and isn't supported in most modern browsers, and can cause a page to render wonkily.

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