Tables have been widely accepted as a versatile tool for laying out Web pages for the Internet. Using tables, you can design the structure of a Web page and then fill in the content pieces as needed. The use of tables also reduces formatting and positioning issues that might occur because of the differences in computer screen size and resolution.
SharePoint Designer provides three main interface components to work with tables and related features:
Table menu: Allows you to insert, modify, and delete tables on Web pages. You can also use this menu to convert text to tables and vice versa.
Layout Tables task pane: Allows you to create table layouts for Web pages and provides an intuitive interface to format and resize tables and cells. The task pane also allows you to choose from a set of table layout templates on which to base your table layout.
Table toolbar: This provides shortcuts to the most commonly used tasks in the Table menu and the Layout Tables task pane.
To create a table on a Web page, follow these steps:
In the Design view, open the Web page in which you want to create the table.
If you want to ensure that new tables created in SharePoint Designer are assigned unique IDs for identification, click the Assign unique IDs to new tables check box in the General tab of the Page Editor Options dialog box. This ensures that when you copy and paste tables in the Design view, the unique IDs are used for easy identification of tables.