Using tables to organize your information

Do you like those nice emails with a graphic on one side and data on the other?  How is that done? Tables!   

For emails particularly, best practice is to use tables to organize the presentation of information.   Best of all, most (if not all) email clients understand tables and will present the data the way you planned.

In this video we will show you how to:

  • How to create a table
  • Working with tables to customize your layout

Creating a table

To create a table, click on the table icon in the editor toolbar.  Once you create your table, there are additional features to edit the size, color, etc.  

This will bring up a popup window to define your Table Properties:

Below is an overview of all Table Properties tab elements.   
  • Rows – the number of rows in the table (obligatory).
  • Columns – the number of columns in the table (obligatory).
  • Width – the width of the table in pixels or a percent value. The default is 500.  If you are working with an email, we recommend making this 600.
  • Height – the height of the table in pixels
  • Headers – the drop-down list that formats certain table cells as headers, which applies special formatting to them. You can apply header formatting to First Row, First Column or Both.
  • Border size – the thickness of the table border in pixels.  Change to 0 if you don't want a border.
  • Alignment – the alignment of the table on the page. The following options are available: Left, Center, Right.
  • Cell spacing – the space between individual cells as well as cells and table borders, in pixels.
  • Cell padding – the space between the cell border and its contents, in pixels.
  • Caption – the label of the table that is displayed on top of it.
  • Summary – the summary of the table contents that is available for assistive devices like screen readers. It is a good practice to provide your tables with meaningful summary text in order to make it more accessible to users with disabilities.