7.8 Adding and Removing Rows and Columns
Even after inserting a table into a Web page, you can add and subtract rows and
columns from your table. The text or images in the columns move right or down to
accommodate their new next-door neighbor.
7.8.1 Adding One Row or Column
To add a single row to the table, you can use any of these approaches:
The new columns inherit the properties (width, height, background color, and so on)
as the column you originally clicked.
To add a single column of cells:
Click inside a cell and then choose ModifyTableInsert Column.
Click inside a cell and then press Shift+Ctrl+A (Shift--A).
Right-click (Control-click) a cell, and then choose TableInsert Column from
the contextual menu that appears.
In each case, a new column appears to the right of the current column.
7.8.2 Adding Multiple Rows or Columns
When you need to expand your table more rapidly, you can use a special dialog box
that lets you add many rows or columns at once.
Click inside a cell. Choose ModifyTableInsert Rows or Columns.
The Insert Rows or Columns dialog box appears (see Figure 7-21).
Click either Rows or Columns. Type the number of rows or columns you wish to
You can also click the tiny up or down arrow buttons next to the Number of Rows
Indicate where you wish the new rows or columns to appear, relative to the cell you
selected, by clicking Above or Below (for rows) or Before or After (for columns).
Click OK to insert them.
Using the dialog box gives you the advantage of choosing whether you want the
new row or column to come before or after the selected information in your table, as
shown in Figure 7-21.
The Insert Rows or Columns dialog box lets you add
multiple rows or columns to a table. The wording of the
options changes depending on whether you're inserting
rows or columns. Note that this dialog box offers the only
way to add a column to the right edge of a table.
7.8.3 Deleting Rows and Columns
To delete a row from your table, you can use one of the following techniques.
When you remove a row or column, Dreamweaver also eliminates everything inside. So before you
start hacking away, it's a good idea to save a copy of the page with the table.
Select the row (see Section 7.4.2); press Delete to delete all of the cells梐nd everything
in them梖or the selected row.
Click a cell. Choose ModifyTableDelete Row, or use the keyboard shortcut
Shift+ Ctrl+M (Shift--M).
Right-click (Control-click) inside a cell, and then choose TableDelete Row from
the contextual menu.
Deleting a column is equally straightforward.
Select the column (Section 7.4.2), and then press Delete. You've just eliminated all the
selected cells and everything in them.
Click inside a cell and choose ModifyTableDelete Column, or use the keyboard
shortcut Shift+Ctrl+Hyphen (Shift-c-Hyphen).
Right-click (Control-click) inside a cell, and then choose TableDelete Column
from the contextual menu.
Dreamweaver doesn't let you delete a row if one of its cells is merged with a cell in another row. Nor can you delete a column if it contains a cell that's merged with a cell in an adjacent column. (Merged cells
are discussed in the next section.)
Deleting a column in this way is actually quite a feat. Since there is no column tag
in HTML, Dreamweaver, behind the scenes, has to select individual cells in multiple
rows梐 task you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy if you had to do it by editing
the raw HTML code.