Creating Tables

Until recently, HTML tables were used both as a means of organizing data and for creating page layout. Although HTML tables are still used to organize data, CSS is now the preferred method for creating page layout.

Expression Web has several ways of creating and modifying tables quickly and easily. A cell is the intersection between a table row and a column. Expression Web makes it very easy to create, revise, and format tables. As we create a table, Expression Web displays tracer lines, which are dotted lines that outline each table cell.

If you've ever created a table in Word, you already know how to create tables using Expression Web. We click the TABLE menu, then click INSERT TABLE. In the Insert Table Dialog box, we enter the number of rows and columns and click the OK button. It is really that simple! The Insert Table dialog box gives us many settings to change the appearance of the table (see below).

Alternatively, we can click the INSERT TABLE button on either the Common toolbar or the Standard toolbar. Then, move the mouse pointer to highlight the number of rows and columns we want in our new table. Next, click to create the table.