Your First Table


Tables can display information - such as a set of numbers showing how teachers aren't paid as much as lawyers or doctors in the 90's.

How primitive! It's a good thing they fixed that by the year 2100.


Tables can also be used to position graphics and bodies of text on a web page - giving web publishers like us more control over layout and design.

Using tables in web pages
Tables are used to display information in columns and rows - similar to how they are usually used in spreadsheets and word processing programs. Yet they are also used as a graphic design tool for laying out text and images on your web page. If you want to arrange your text in columns or place graphics that appear to float freely on the page, you will need to put this content into tables with invisible border lines.

The table below shows how you can use a table to place your text and images. The lines have been left visible so you can see the table - but you would not normally be able to see them.

A table with visible border lines

Okay, let's create a table. I know! Let's create a "virtual-yearbook" on the kids we've met. We can alternate pictures with text about them in a grid form. That's a great way to present our field data.



A virtual-yearbook. That idea just might catch on...

Creating a simple table

    1. Open a web page in FrontPage Editor and click on the Normal tab.

    2. Insert the cursor into the area where you want the table to be. Never place a table at the very top of your web page because doing so will prevent you from inserting new text above it in the future.

    3. Click the Table button on the Standard toolbar.

    Table button

    4. You will see a drop-down grid. Select the number of columns and rows you want by holding down your left mouse button and moving the pointer down and to the right. A table will appear when you let go of your mouse button.

Drop-down grid

Quick Quiz