How to Modify Tables in Adobe Dreamweaver

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In Brief...

After inserting a table in Dreamweaver, it is likely that you will want to make changes. Dreamweaver makes it easy to do so.

This feature works the same in all recent versions of Adobe Dreamweaver: CS5, CS6, and Creative Cloud (CC).

Instructions

Inserting Rows

There are several methods of inserting rows into a table.

Method 1: Right-click

  1. Right-click in any cell in the row below which you want to insert a new row.
  2. Select Table > Insert Row.
    Select Table Then Insert Row

Method 2: Modify Menu

  1. Place the cursor in any cell in any row in the table.
  2. From the Modify menu, select Table > Insert Row.
    Modify Menu, Table, Insert Row

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Place the cursor in any cell in the row above which you want to insert a new row.
  2. Press CTRL+M.

Method 4: Tab

To insert a row at the very bottom of the table:

  1. Place the cursor in the last cell of the bottom row.
  2. Press Tab.

Inserting Columns

There are several methods of inserting columns into a table.

Method 1: Right-click

  1. Right-click in any cell in the column after which you want to insert a new column.
  2. Select Table > Insert Column.
    Select Table, Insert Column

Method 2: Modify Menu

  1. Place the cursor in any cell in any column in the table.
  2. From the Modify menu, select Table > Insert Column.
    Select Table, Insert Column

Method 3: The Column Header Menus

  1. Click on the Table Column menu above any column.
  2. Select Insert Column Left or Insert Column Right.
    Insert Column Left or Right

Method 4: Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Place the cursor in any cell in the column before which you want to insert a new column.
  2. Press CTRL+SHIFT+A.

Inserting Multiple Rows or Columns at One Time

  1. Right-click in any cell in the table before or after which you want to insert columns or rows.
  2. Select Table > Insert Rows or Columns....
    Table, Insert Rows or Columns
  3. Fill out the Insert Rows or Columns dialog and click OK.
    Insert Rows or Columns Dialog Box

Merging Cells

There are several methods of merging cells in Dreamweaver. Each method begins by selecting the cells you would like to merge by clicking on one cell and dragging the mouse over additional cells.
Cells

Method 1: Right-click

  1. After selecting the cells to merge, right-click and select Table > Merge Cells.
    Table, Merge Cells
  2. Note that the content of the merged cells also merges, so in this case, we would delete the repetitive content.
    Repetitive Content

Method 2: Properties Inspector

  1. Make sure that the Properties Inspector is expanded. The arrow in the bottom-right of the Properties Inspector should be pointing up (Up Arrow). If it is pointing down, click it.
  2. After selecting the cells to merge, click the Merge Cells icon in the Properties Inspector.
    Properties Inspector

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut

  1. After selecting the cells to merge, press CTRL+ALT+M.

Splitting Cells

There are several methods of splitting a cell in Dreamweaver. Note that the last step for each method is to fill out the Split Cell dialog and click OK.
Split Cell Dialog Box

Method 1: Right-click

  1. Place the cursor in the cell to split, right-click and select Table > Split Cell....
    Table, Split Cell

Method 2: Properties Inspector

  1. Make sure that the Properties Inspector is expanded. The arrow in the bottom-right of the Properties Inspector should be pointing up (). If it is pointing down, click it.
  2. Place the cursor in the cell to split and click the Split Cells icon in the Properties Inspector.
    Properties Inspector

Method 3: Keyboard Shortcut

  1. Place the cursor in the cell to split and press CTRL+ALT+S.

Author: Tracy Berry

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