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HTML Tables with CSS Styles

I've put together some common CSS tables styles so that you can quickly copy/paste the code for yourselves. You can modify the styles as you see fit.

They're 5 pretty basic css tables styles that are commonly used by web developers so I made this little mini-resource for quick copy and pasting styles.

I now also have a HTML table generator if you want to very quickly create a custom table and the required HTML and CSS code for it.

Hope this comes in handy.

Five Basic CSS Table Styles (Two Using Javascript)

Here is the code for a:

  1. Basic CSS styled table
  2. CSS table style with background images
  3. HTML table styled using CSS gradients
  4. Table with alternating row colors
  5. CSS table with row highlight on hover

1. CSS Table with One Pixel Borders

First up is the collapsed border table that has the solid line borders making this the basis for most popular table styles.

The code includes the CSS which you can add to your stylesheet and please note a class has been added to the table tag.

Info Header 1Info Header 2Info Header 3
Text 1AText 1BText 1C
Text 2AText 2BText 2C

Copy/Paste Code for CSS Table with One Pixel Borders

2. CSS Table with Background Images

This image approach is a little old school but it may still come in handy once in a while. If you're looking for a more modern approach, then check out the CSS Table Gradient example below.

This table is similar to the one above except it uses background images which allows the table cells to have a subtle color gradation in them. The images also have a one pixel white line on the left and top which gives the cells a slight 3D effect.

You'll probably have to make two small changes to the CSS to reflect where the table images live on your server other than that it's fairly straightforward.

Info Header 1Info Header 2Info Header 3
Text 1AText 1BText 1C
Text 2AText 2BText 2C

Step 1. Download a zip of the table images (code included) or right click and save these two images to your desktop: cell-blue.jpg and cell-grey.jpg

Step 2. Copy the code in the box below. Remember to change the css image location. The table tag requires a class.

3. HTML Table using CSS Gradients

This one is a more modern version of the image one - it uses CSS gradients to achieve the bevelled look of the image table example. It's a completely image free table rendering.

This code will display correctly across all modern browsers even Internet Explorer 9. It's not pixel perfect in Internet Explorer 7 or 8 but it's a good enough rendering and doesn't impare legibility.

Copy/Paste Code for CSS Gradient Table

4. CSS Table with Automatically Alternating Rows (Requires Javascript)

This CSS table uses Javascript to automatically alternate row colors. This is especially great if you have a large table that gets updated frequently.

You can now also achieve this effect in CSS for all the modern browsers. Learn more about using CSS to make a table with alternating rows.

Info Header 1Info Header 2Info Header 3
Text 1AText 1BText 1C
Text 2AText 2BText 2C
Text 3AText 3BText 3C
Text 4AText 4BText 4C
Text 5AText 5BText 5C


5. CSS Table with Highlight Row on Hover (Requires Javascript)

Nowadays I just use CSS for this so you should probably go read about how to highlight a table row using CSS.

Otherwise the code below highlights a table row using Javascript which I wouldn't advise you to normally use unless you either must provide support for IE6 (in which case you have my sympathy) or you have to work on a web page without a doctype. HTML pages created without doctypes will prevent a pure CSS solution for table row highlighting from working on all versions of Internet Explorer.

But seriously, go check out the CSS hover solution first - it's a much better method.

Info Header 1Info Header 2Info Header 3
Item 1AItem 1BItem 1C
Item 2AItem 2BItem 2C
Item 3AItem 3BItem 3C
Item 4AItem 4BItem 4C
Item 5AItem 5BItem 5C

One thing to note is you should make sure not to define the background color of a table cell in your stylesheet as that'll stop the row highlight code from working properly.

These 5 table styles are variants of the five most common types of tables that I usually have to create so hopefully you'll find them helpful.


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