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HTML Tables IV: Format and touch up a page layout

Formatted layout table
You know how to create a layout table from scratch in Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003. Now learn how to format them for better appearance with color, borders, padding, and so on, as well as how to add some finishing touches by using spacer GIFs and autostretch.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Two self-paced lessons and two practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Format layout tables and cells to get the look you want.
  • Add finishing touches to a layout using spacer GIFs and autostretch.

Before you begin

Take the three HTML Tables courses preceding this one: HTML Tables I: Basic concepts, HTML Tables II: Table and cell widths, and HTML Tables III: Design a page with layout tables or be familiar with the concepts covered in them.

In "HTML Tables III" you learned how to create layout tables and cells. Now we'll explain the next step: formatting them to get the look you want. After all, what good is a page layout if it doesn't have some pizzazz?

In addition to formatting, we'll show you how to make other finishing touches, like how to use autostretch, which allows a layout table to fill the available space of the browser. We'll also show you a quick way to use spacer GIFs with a layout table.

To learn more about this course, read the overview information or the table of contents in the left column. When you're done reading this page, click Next to start the first lesson.

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