Style Tables

Style Table

The look of an HTML table can be greatly improved with CSS:

Company Contact Country
Alfreds Futterkiste Maria Anders Germany
Berglunds snabbköp Christina Berglund Sweden
Centro comercial Moctezuma Francisco Chang Mexico
Ernst Handel Roland Mendel Austria
Island Trading Helen Bennett UK
Königlich Essen Philip Cramer Germany
Laughing Bacchus Winecellars Yoshi Tannamuri Canada
Magazzini Alimentari Riuniti Giovanni Rovelli Italy
North/South Simon Crowther UK
Paris spécialités Marie Bertrand France
The Big Cheese Liz Nixon USA
Vaffeljernet Palle Ibsen Denmark

Table Borders

To specify table borders in CSS, use the border property.

The example below specifies a black border for table, th, and td elements:

table, th, td
{
border: 1px solid black;
}

Notice that the table in the example above has double borders. This is because both the table, th, and td elements have separate borders.

To display a single border for the table, use the border-collapse property.

Collapse Borders

The border-collapse property sets whether the table borders are collapsed into a single border or separated:

table
{
border-collapse:collapse;
}
table,th, td
{
border: 1px solid black;
}

Table Width and Height

Width and height of a table is defined by the width and height properties.

The example below sets the width of the table to 100%, and the height of the th elements to 50px:

table
{
width:100%;
}
th
{
height:50px;
}

Table Text Alignment

The text in a table is aligned with the text-align and vertical-align properties.

The text-align property sets the horizontal alignment, like left, right, or center:

td
{
text-align:right;
}

The vertical-align property sets the vertical alignment, like top, bottom, or middle:

td
{
height:50px;
vertical-align:bottom;
}

Table Padding

To control the space between the border and content in a table, use the padding property on td and th elements:

td
{
padding:15px;
}

Table Color

The example below specifies the color of the borders, and the text and background color of th elements:

table, td, th
{
border:1px solid green;
}
th
{
background-color:green;
color:white;
}

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