HTML <col> width Attribute

❮ HTML <col> tag


Two <col> elements with a predefined width:

  <col width="130">
  <col width="80">
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Definition and Usage

The width attribute specifies the width of a <col> element.

Normally, a <col> element takes up the space it needs to display the content. The width attribute is used to set a predefined width of a <col> element.

Note: This attribute will overwrite any width set in the <colgroup> element.

Browser Support

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The width attribute is supported in all major browsers. However, none of the browsers support the relative_length value.

Compatibility Notes

The width attribute of <col> is not supported in HTML5. Use CSS instead.

CSS syntax: <td style="width:130px">

CSS Example: Specify width of table columns

In our CSS tutorial you can find more details about the width property.


<col width="pixels|%|relative_length">

Attribute Values

Value Description
pixels Sets the width in pixels (example: width="50")
% Sets the width in percent of the surrounding element (example: width="50%")
relative_length Shares the available pixels into parts. (e.g. A table is 100 px, the first column is 20 px, the second is 50%, the available pixels will then be 30px). One part is set like this: "1*".

Example: If 30 px of space are available, you can have one "1*" and one "2*", which will be interpreted as 10 and 20 px (think of 1* as one part, and 2* as two parts).

❮ HTML <col> tag