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HTML <col> Tag


Example

Set the background color of the three columns with the <colgroup> and <col> tags:

<table>
  <colgroup>
    <col span="2" style="background-color:red">
    <col style="background-color:yellow">
  </colgroup>
  <tr>
    <th>ISBN</th>
    <th>Title</th>
    <th>Price</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>3476896</td>
    <td>My first HTML</td>
    <td>$53</td>
  </tr>
</table>
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Definition and Usage

The <col> tag specifies column properties for each column within a <colgroup> element.

The <col> tag is useful for applying styles to entire columns, instead of repeating the styles for each cell, for each row.


Browser Support

Element
<col> Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Attributes

Attribute Value Description
span number Specifies the number of columns a <col> element should span

Global Attributes

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


Event Attributes

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



More Examples

Example

Align text in table columns (with CSS):

<table style="width:100%">
  <tr>
    <th>ISBN</th>
    <th>Title</th>
    <th>Price</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>3476896</td>
    <td>My first HTML</td>
    <td style="text-align:right">$53</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>2489604</td>
    <td>My first CSS</td>
    <td style="text-align:right">$47</td>
  </tr>
</table>
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Example

Vertical-align text in table columns (with CSS):

<table style="height:200px">
  <tr>
    <th>Month</th>
    <th style="vertical-align:bottom">Savings</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>January</td>
    <td style="vertical-align:bottom">$100</td>
  </tr>
</table>
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Example

Specify width of table columns (with CSS):

<table>
  <tr>
    <th style="width:130px">Month</th>
    <th style="width:80px">Savings</th>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>January</td>
    <td>$100</td>
  </tr>
  <tr>
    <td>February</td>
    <td>$80</td>
  </tr>
</table>
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Related Pages

HTML DOM reference: Column Object


Default CSS Settings

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

Example

col {
  display: table-column;
}
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