Adding and formatting tables in Help Center articles

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  • Géraldine Peyre

    What are we supposed to enter in border? A color? A format? Anything else?

  • Nicole - Community Manager

    Hi Geraldine - 

    Typically, you would enter how many pixels thick you wish for the border to be, so it will be a numeric value. 

  • Janet Julian

    Is there any way to format a particular cell (rather than the whole table) aside from diving into the html?  For instance, if I want to provide a background color for a header row or highlight specific rows of a table with a background color?

  • Alexander Popa

    Hi Janet! 

    This can be done either by amending the table's cell properties - by accessing the Advanced tab, or by editing the HTML code of the article.

    I hope this helps!

  • Janet Julian

    Thanks Alexander, it did a bit.

    Another question ... when selecting font color it doesn't allow me to pick white.  If I'm using a dark background I like to use a white font.  Is there a way to make it white?




  • Klara Audren

    Hello Janet, 


    You would need to change the font color in the CSS in the advanced tab or acessing the HTML code of the article.

  • Katie Novack

    How do I make the table borders show?

  • Vladan Jovic

    HI Katie, This one should work.

    Just copy and paste this code at the end of your Help Center theme CSS file.

    .article-body table td {
    border: 1px solid;

    Let us know how it goes. :) 

  • Marie O'Brien


    How do we make the tables centred? I've got most of the other formatting as I want it now - but struggling on making the table centred in the article. My figures etc all centre correctly using the text alignment item




  • Fabien RIC

    It would be useful to be able to specify a name of a CSS class in the properties of the table (or row / or column or cell...).

    We would then just have to define the CSS classes in the theme of the help center.

    It would allow to have several consistent styles across the theme center, while allowing articles authors to focus on the content and not how it will be rendered. Moreover, we could flag some cells with a different class name, to underline important information (change background color for exemple).

  • Jessie Schutz

    Hi Fabien! That's really great feedback!

    If you don't mind taking a couple minutes, it would be great if you could add your suggestions to this thread in our Product Feedback topic!

  • Fabien RIC


  • Kathleen Hunt

    The table formatting controls have changed. Please update this article so we know how to change the color of rows/columns and complete other Advanced features that are not longer listed. 

  • Jennifer Rowe

    Thanks for letting us know, Kathleen! We'll get it updated soon. Appreciate the heads up.

  • Lateesha Clark

    Hey folks. Is there any way to freeze rows in my table? My table has a lot of information, so I want my header row to remain available while a user scrolls through the rest of the table/article.

  • Rob Stack

    Hi there, I've updated this article to reflect the new UI. Thanks very much for pointing this out! Additionally, I've made a number of changes to the article that hopefully make it easier to follow. Once again, we very much appreciate this great feedback!

  • Sean Nelson

    Is there a way to create sortable tables? It would be great to allow our users to sort the data by whichever column they want it to be sorted by.

    I have tried entering the applicable html configurations and even though I have allowed "unsafe" html, it will still not allow the sorting to work.


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