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HTML <td> Tag


Example

A simple HTML table, with two rows and four table cells:

<table>
  <tr>
    <td>Cell A</td >
    <td>Cell B</td >
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>Cell C</td >
    <td>Cell D</td >
  </tr>
</table>

Definition and Usage

The <td> tag defines a standard data cell in an HTML table.

An HTML table has two kinds of cells:

  • Header cells - contains header information (created with the <th> element)
  • Data cells - contains data (created with the <td> element)

The text in <td> elements are regular and left-aligned by default.

The text in <th> elements are bold and centered by default. 


Browser Support

Element
<td> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
colspan number Specifies the number of columns a cell should span
headers header_id Specifies one or more header cells a cell is related to
rowspan number Sets the number of rows a cell should span

Global Attributes

The <td> tag also supports the Global Attributes in HTML.


Event Attributes

The <td> tag also supports the Event Attributes in HTML.


More Examples

Example

How to align content inside <td> (with CSS):

<table style="width:100%" >
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th >
    <th>Savings</th>
  </tr >
  <tr>
    <td > January</td >
    <td style="text-align:right">$100</td >
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>February</td >
    <td style="text-align:right">$80 </td >
  </tr>
</table >

Example

How to add background-color to table cell (with CSS):

<table>
  <tr >
    <th>Month</th>
    <th>Savings</th >
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td style="background-color:#FF0000">January</td >
    <td style="background-color:#00FF00">$100</td >
  </tr>
 </table>

Example

How to set the height of a table cell (with CSS):

<table>
  <tr >
    <th>Month</th>
    <th>Savings</th >
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td style="height:100px">January</td >
    <td style="height:100px">$100</td >
  </tr>
</table >

Example

How to specify no word-wrapping in table cell (with CSS):

<table>
  <tr >
    <th>Poem</th>
  </tr >
  <tr>
    <td style="white-space:nowrap">Never increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything</td>
  </tr>
</table >

Example

How to vertical align content inside <td> (with CSS):

<table style="width:50%;" >
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th >
    <th>Savings</th>
  </tr >
  <tr style="height:100px" >
    <td style="vertical-align:bottom">January</td >
    <td style="vertical-align:bottom">$100</td >
  </tr>
</table >

Example

How to set the width of a table cell (with CSS):

<table style="width:100%" >
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th >
    <th>Savings</th>
  </tr >
  <tr>
    <td style="width:70%" > January</td>
    <td style="width:30%" > $100</td>
  </tr >
</table >

Example

How to create table headers:

<table>
  <tr >
    <th>Name</th>
    <th>Email</th >
    <th>Phone</th>
  </tr >
  <tr>
    <td > John Doe</td >
    <td>john.doe@example.com</td >
    <td > 123-45-678</td>
  </tr>
</table >

Example

How to create a table with a caption:

<table>
  <caption>Monthly savings</caption >
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th >
    <th>Savings</th>
  </tr >
  <tr>
    <td > January</td >
    <td>$100</td >
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>February</td >
    <td > $80</td>
  </tr >
</table>

Example

How to define table cells that span more than one row or one column:

<table>
  <tr >
    <th>Name</th>
    <th>Email</th >
    <th colspan="2" > Phone</th>
  </tr>
  <tr >
    <td>John Doe </td>
    <td>john.doe@example.com</td >
    <td > 123-45-678</td>
    <td>212-00-546 </td>
  </tr>
</table >

Related Pages

HTML tutorial: HTML Tables

HTML DOM reference: TableData Object

CSS Tutorial: Styling Tables


Default CSS Settings

Most browsers will display the <td> element with the following default values:

td {
  display: table-cell;
  vertical-align: inherit;
}