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I would like to extend the width of the columns.  How do I do that?

newbieweb

<table>
<tr>
<td>Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td>Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>
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by:newbieweb
ID: 22750670
And how do I insert a blank line in the table?

<table>
<tr>
<td>Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
// insert blank line here, betweenthe rows
<tr>
<td>Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>
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by:samg3
samg3 earned 600 total points
ID: 22750723
Here is one way of adjusting the width and inserting a blank row. The parameters and code for the extra table row are in bold. Let me know if this helps you out.

<table width="300">
<tr>
<td width="100">Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">&nbsp;</td><td></td><td></td></tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>
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by:newbieweb
ID: 22750746
Cool!

How do I pad the whole thing with spaces on the left?  Or shift the whole table towards the center?

And how do I insert a blank line?

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by:fcardinaux
ID: 22750875
Here is how to center your table horizontally and insert a blank line
<table style="position: absolute; left: 50%; margin-left: -150px; width: 300px; text-align: left">
<tr>
<td width="100">Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3">&nbsp;</td><!-- This is the blank line, and 3 is the number of columns of your table -->
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>

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by:fcardinaux
ID: 22750902
And this is the same table shifted 100px downwards.

Note also that I've replaced "position: absolute" by "position: relative". Depending on your situation, you should do the same (http://webdesign.about.com/od/advancedcss/a/aa061307.htm).
<table style="position: relative; left: 50%; top: 100px; margin-left: -150px; width: 300px; text-align: left">
<tr>
<td width="100">Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3">&nbsp;</td><!-- This is the blank line, and 3 is the number of columns of your table -->
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>

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by:newbieweb
ID: 22750956
I do not have your code working yet.  Here's the way it loked with this kind of definition:

<table width="600">


Then second picture uses this kind of definition:

<table style="position: relative; left: 50%; top: 100px; margin-left: -150px; width: 600px; text-align: left">

and looks like in the second picture:

Can you suggest what I am doing wrong?  I just want the table, which looks good, to shift the right a bit.

UnShiftedTable.JPG
ShiftedTable.JPG
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by:fcardinaux
ID: 22750974
This code should do what you want:

Note that in my previous code, the table is centered if the margin-left value is half the table width. So if you want a 600px wide table, you must change the margin-left value to 300px.
<table style="left: 100px; width: 600px; text-align: left">
<tr>
<td width="100">Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3">&nbsp;</td><!-- This is the blank line, and 3 is the number of columns of your table -->
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>

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fcardinaux earned 1400 total points
ID: 22750981
Sorry, I forgot the "position: relative" style value
<table style="position: relative; left: 100px; width: 600px; text-align: left">
<tr>
<td width="100">Phone</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$29.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
<tr>
<td colspan="3">&nbsp;</td><!-- This is the blank line, and 3 is the number of columns of your table -->
</tr>
<tr>
<td width="100">Monthly Fee</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$35.95</td>
<td style="text-align: right; font-family: Courier New,Courier,mono;">$99.95</td>
</tr>
</table>

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