FAQs about tables

Using tables, you can organize lists of data within your campaign and have more control over the appearance and placement of text. Take a look at these frequently asked questions about tables in campaigns.

I haven't created a table yet. Where should I begin?
The best way to learn the table-making tool is to experiment. Begin by clicking to edit a text box in the campaign, and then choose the toolbar button that inserts a new table. In the modal that pops up, you'll want to fill in the following general properties:

  • Cols - This designates the number of columns in your table. For the purpose of practicing, it's best to keep your table to one or two columns.
  • Rows - This designates the number of rows in your column. Again, simple is usually best. Try two to four rows.
  • Cellpadding -- This refers to how much padding exists within each individual cell's border. For example, imagine that each cell has its own individual frame within the cell walls. If you set cellpadding to 2, there will be 2 pixels of padding within the border of each individual cell. If you set cellpadding to 10, there will be 10 pixels of padding. To reduce the white space in a table, choose a small cellpadding number (0 - 2).
  • Cellspacing -- This refers to how far apart each cell is. You can choose any pixel number, but to reduce the white space in a table, choose a small number. If you want your data to be buffered by more white space, choose a larger number.
  • Alignment -- This aligns the table within the text box of your campaign.
  • Border -- Should you choose to insert a border around your table, set its pixel width here. A border of 1 pixel will be slight, while a border of 15 pixels will be much more prominent.
  • Width -- This sets the width of the entire table in pixels or %. Depending upon the layout of your campaign, the width of the table should vary. For example, if you want a table to extend across the text box in a simple layout, choose a width of 400 - 500 pixels or 100%. In a text box of a newsletter layout, choose around 240 pixels or 100%. In advanced layout, choose around 120 pixels or 100%. Note: You can always click to drag the table wider or narrower once it's been inserted in the text box.
  • Height -- This sets the height of the table in pixels. Your height preferences will vary depending on the amount of data in your table. Experiment with heights between 100 and 400 pixels, and remember that you can always click to drag the table longer or shorter once it's been inserted in the text box.
  • Border color -- If you've given your table a border, you can choose its color here.
  • Background color -- If you'd like to select a background color for the entire table, do so here.

How do I select one font type and size for the entire table?
After you've created the table in a text box, highlight the entire table (the data in the cell may not appear highlighted, but you should see a faint highlight around the entire table's border. Choose a font type and font size from the editor's toolbar. (You can also use a keyboard shortcut like command + a to highlight all of the data, and then choose a font type.) If, however, you want to change the font for just one cell of data, highlight the text in that cell only.

Can I paste in a table I've created outside of the application and retain the original table's formatting?
We don't recommend creating a table outside of the application (in Word, for example) and then pasting it into a campaign. The formatting might appear fine in the campaign, but there's no guarantee it will render in all of the email clients out there. Instead, it's better to create your table from the beginning within the application.

When creating the table, I center-aligned it within the text box. I'd also like to center-align the data in each cell. How can I do this?
Click your cursor within any cell of the table. Use a keyboard shortcut (such as command + a) to select all text in the table. Choose the center-alignment button in the toolbar. Depending upon your browser, the data may not look center-aligned immediately. However, you should see the proper alignment when you click *save* at the bottom of the text box.

Can I add text below the table I just created?
For future reference, it's best to add all text to the text box, and then go back and insert the table where needed. If you've already created the table and are having trouble adding text below it, click the HTML button in the toolbar and scroll down to the bottom of the text box's code. Type in some text there and click Update. When you return to the text box, you'll see the added text, and you can edit from there.

I'm creating a table with two columns and 12 rows so that I can enter a list of 24 names. It seems like a lot of work to type in each name individually. Is there a shortcut?
When possible, keep your table simple. For this example, you could create a table with two columns and just one row. Then you could type or paste (from a plaintext program) 12 names in each cell.

Is there another purpose to tables, rather than, say, a table of data?
Tables can serve a few other purposes, depending upon your preferences:

  • You could create a one column, one row table with a border color and then drag that table to fit the text box. This would give you the appearance of a text box with a border, and you'd simply add your text to the single, large cell.
  • You could create a one column, one row table with a background color. When you drag this cell to fit the campaign's text box, it would give the appearance of a text box with a background color. Then, add your content to this single, large table cell.
  • If the traditional list-making tool (numbered list or bulleted list) in the editor is not rendering as you'd hoped, you could create a table and further customize the look of a numbered or bulleted list.

What does each table-making button in the toolbar control?
Here's an overview of each table-making button, and visit this page for a rundown of every button in the formatting toolbar.

icon Inserts a table within the text box. You can choose the number of columns as well as the number of rows. Using pixel numbers, you can also set cell spacing (how far apart each cell is) and cell padding (how much padding exists within the cell's border). For example, setting cell spacing to 5 means each cell will have 5 pixels of space between it and the next cell. Setting cell padding to 10 means each cell will have an invisible 10 pixels of padding like a 'frame' within its walls. When you add text to that cell, it will fit within the cell but not go any closer than 10 pixels from the wall of the cell.
icon This button allows you to set properties to the current row, odd or even rows, or all rows of your table. Choose text alignment, the height of the row (in pixels) and background color.
icon Allows you to set properties - text alignment, height, background color - to the current cell.
icon Inserts a column to the left of the column where you've placed your cursor.
icon Inserts a column to the right of the column where you've placed your cursor.
icon Removes a column.
icon Inserts a row before the row where you've placed your cursor.
icon Inserts a row after the row where you've placed your cursor.
icon Deletes the row where you've placed your cursor.
icon Deletes the table.
icon This button splits cell that you've merged.
icon This button merges cells into one. It's helpful when you'd like to make a title row across the top of your table.