Table Cell Properties

Managing the Properties of Cells in Tables

Each individual cell has its own set of properties which you can manipulate properties. The size of the cell, the background color of the cell, the border of the cell, the text alignment within the cell, etc. can all be adjusted to better meet your design requirements.

Step-by-Step Instructions

To get to the Cell Properties window, follow these steps:

1. In a WYSIWYG editor where you have inserted a table, place your cursor into the cell whose properties you wish to manipulate.

2. Right-click with your mouse and select Cell Properties from the menu that appears.

3. You can now make changes to the properties of the selected cell(s), including:

  • Width: By default the width of the cell will automatically conform to the contents of the cell. You can specify a specific width for the cell instead if you don't want it to automatically change for content.
     
  • Height: By default the height of the cell will automatically conform to the contents of the cell. You can specify a specific height for the cell instead if you don't want it to automatically change for content.
     
  • Word Wrap: Turn word wrap in the cell on ("Yes") or off ("No").
     
  • Horizontal Alignment: Specify the alignment of the text and other content in the cell.
    • Not Set: The default will typically be flush left.
    • Left: This will make the contents of the cell flush left.
    • Right: This will make the contents of the cell flush right.
    • Center: This will center the contents of the cell.
       
  • Vertical Alignment:
    • Not Set: The default will typically be "baseline."
    • Top: Text and other content will begin at the very top of the cell (flush with the top of the cell).
    • Middle: Text and other content will be placed in the very middle of the cell.
    • Bottom: Text and other content will begin at the very bottom of the cell (flush with the bottom of the cell).
    • Baseline: This is the default value of vertical-align (if you declare nothing). Images will line up with the text at the baseline of the text.
       
  • Cell Type: This tells the system whether to display the text in the cell as data or a header--headers are typically differentiated from data in some manner, such as bolding.
     
  • Rows Span: This value specifies the number of rows the selected cell(s) should span.
     
  • Columns Span: This value specifies the number of columns the selected cell(s) should span.
     
  • Background Color: Click the Choose button to select a color for the background of the selected cell(s).
     
  • Border Color: Click the Choose button to select a color for the border of the selected cell(s).

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