Tables

Note: Tables can only be included in Email and Document communications.

To include a table in the communication, drag and drop the table symbol (with the appropriate number and width of columns) from the right to the place in the communication where you want the table to appear. If you want a table layout that is not represented in the list, select Custom. The table appears in the communication as follows:

Editing the table design

The Design tab under Table is used to specify the overall look and feel of the table:

From this screen, you can change the number of rows and columns in the table, as well as set the borders and padding.

Borders sets the color, solidity and thickness of the internal and external borders for the entire table. You can specify the border style (such as Dashed), the border thickness and the border color. (The default setting is None, but once you select something other than None, a box is displayed at the right to allow you to change the border thickness.) To set the individual borders for rows and columns, see Changing row and column properties. Note that the global table settings here will override any individual border settings for rows and columns.

The icon under Padding is used to lock all four padding settings (top, bottom, left and right) together, so that changing one changes them all to the same value. When it is locked, the icon changes to .

Colors allows you to specify colors for the Header Background, the Header Font, the Background (for all cells except the Header) and the Font (for all cells except the Header).

Alternate Color

If you select the Alternate Color checkbox, the following is displayed:

The Background and Font colors that you specify here will be applied to alternate table rows, starting at Row 2 (if the Header is Row 0). The alternate colors will be applied to all even rows in the table, i.e. Rows 2, 4, 6, 8,10, etc. The other rows will retain the colors that you specified under Design.

Editing the table content

Note: Before adding content to the table, you should specify the overall design as described in Editing the table design. Otherwise, changes to font settings for text within cells could be overwritten by subsequent design changes.

To add content to the table, click the Content tab under Table:

From here, you can drag and drop text, images, buttons, dividers, social media icons, videos and barcodes into table cells in the same way as you can drop these items into the communication itself.

Note: For tables in documents, the only options available are text, images, dividers and barcodes.

Adjusting the column width

If you hold the mouse pointer over a column boundary (but not the left and right table boundaries), the column resize symbol () appears. You can use this to move left or right to change the column width. While resizing, the original column boundary position is shown by means of a vertical dotted line.

Notes:

  • A column cannot be narrower than 5% of the total table width. If you reach this minimum width while decreasing the width of a column, any further decrease is prevented. Similarly, if you are increasing the width of a column and the other columns reach the minimum width, any further increase is prevented.
  • For tables within documents, resizing columns does not work for tables placed inside a Custom layout.
  • In order for column resizing to work correctly, you must have Zoom set to 100%. (This applies only to editing documents.)

Text blocks

By default, the Header and first row cells and the first row are text blocks. (When adding new content, you can add any type of block as described abve.)

As with any text block, you can click on Add personalization to insert a Data Field or System Field. The Data Fields displayed are based on the Data Source selected (to select a data source, use the Contacts tab). You can insert a Data Field that is not in the currently selected Data Source by selecting Add Custom Field (it must, however, exist in one of your Data Sources). For each custom field that you add, you will be prompted to provide a default value to be used whenever there is no value present. System Fields are standard fields not dependent on any Data Source (mostly time and date related).

For further information, see Personalizing communications.

Changing row and column properties

To change the properties of a row or column, hover the mouse pointer over the row or column. An option called Edit row or Edit column will be displayed. Click on this option; the following is displayed at the right of the screen:

For information on using Repeat this row with data (which is only displayed for email communications), see Repeating data in tables.

Note: If repeating data is included in a table, the custom row styling for repeating rows is ignored (the table styles are used instead). Other rows that do not have repeating data can be styled as usual.

Background sets the background color of the row or column. Click on the circle:

The slider at the top selects the color; the slider at the bottom sets the degree of transparency.

Note: By default, a row has the transparency slider set to the rightmost position (fully opaque) but a column has the transparency slider set to the leftmost position (fully transparent). In order for changes to a column background to become visible, you need to move this slider.
Note: If you set a background for a row and a column, the background for the intersecting cell is taken from the column setting (the column setting has priority).

Border sets the color, solidity and thickness of the border for the row or column:

The slider selects the color.

The number in the box at the right is used to set the border thickness in pixels.

Note: The global table border settings (see Editing the table design) take priority over any individual border settings for rows and columns.