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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Modifying Cell and Row Properties in Standard View

Cells have their own properties, separate from the properties of the table itself. So do table rows—but not columns (see Section 7.8.2).

When you click inside a cell, the top half of the Property inspector displays the cell's text formatting properties; the bottom half shows the properties for that particular cell (see Figure 7-19, top).

The Property inspector displays the properties of a cell (top) or a row (bottom). Rows have distinct properties that you can set independently of a cell. For example, a row can have background and border colors that are different from the individual cells in that row. (Still, when a row is selected, the Width, Height, No Wrap, or Header options affect the individual cells in the row.)

Figure 7-19. The Property inspector displays the properties of a cell (top) or a row (bottom). Rows have distinct properties that you can set independently of a cell. For example, a row can have background and border colors that are different from the individual cells in that row. (Still, when a row is selected, the Width, Height, No Wrap, or Header options affect the individual cells in the row.)

Alignment Properties

At the outset, a cell's contents hug the left wall of the cell and float halfway between the top and bottom of the cell. After selecting a row, a cell, or several cells, you can change these alignments using the Property inspector. For example, the Horz (Horizontal) menu in the Property inspector (see Figure 7-19) offers Left, Center, Right, and Default alignment options. (Default produces the same effect as Center without adding any extra HTML code.)

Note that these options are distinct from the paragraph alignment options discussed in Chapter 3. In fact, you can mix and match the two. Suppose, ...

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