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Tables II: Use tables to simplify complex page layouts

Two-row, three-column table that includes two Excel charts nested in top-right cell of five-row, three-column host table

This host table contains just five rows and three columns. The first row is used for headings. The two-row, three-column table shown at the bottom is nested in the right cell on the second row. This provides space for the Excel charts shown while leaving the structure of the host table clean and easy to edit.

As shown in this lesson, nesting tables is a simple way to create complex layouts that include content in tables. When created correctly, nested tables are extremely stable and easy to use.

To keep nested tables easy to manage, follow these recommended best practices:

Avoid unnecessary layers of nesting

You can nest tables inside of nested tables, creating multiple table layers. However, remember that nested tables are designed to help you simplify complex layouts. Before you add another layer to your nested table, be sure that it is the simplest solution to the formatting you need.

Never use floating graphics with nested tables

Remember that a table used as a layout provides a placeholder for each piece of content on your page. Using graphics that float over the text of the page defeats the purpose of this and can make the document more cumbersome to manage. Use the In line with text layout discussed earlier in this course (and in the Tables I course mentioned earlier) for any graphics in table layouts.

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