HTML <td> tag

Updated: 11/13/2018 by Computer Hope
HTML td tag

When writing in HTML, the <td> tag is used to designate a cell (table data) within a table containing data. The information contained in this element is left-aligned by default. The following sections contain information about the <td> tag, including an example of it in use, and related attributes and browser compatibility.


More advanced tables may also include the <caption>, <col>, <colgroup>, <tbody>, <tfoot>, or <thead> elements.

Example of <td> code

<table class="mtable2 tab">
<tr class="tcw">
<tr class="tcw">
<tr class="tcw"> <td>May</td>

Example result

Month Savings
March $200
April $300
May $250

We have added a few of our own classes to the table using CSS; this action allows us to improve its appearance.


Within an HTML tag, an attribute dictates certain aspects of an HTML element. Attributes are made up of a name and value pair; all tags support standard attributes. The following table shows all of the current unique HTML attributes for the <td> tag, and a description of each.

Attribute Description
abbr Designates an abbreviated version of the content within a cell.
colspan Designates how man columns a cell should span.
headers Designates one or more cells that a certain cell has relation.
rowspan Designates how man rows a cell should span.
scope Designates a way to associate header cells and data cells in the same table.
sorted Designates the sorting direction of a column.

Deprecated attributes

A deprecated attribute is one that may function currently but is not supported in going forward. While the attribute may work with the current version of HTML, it will eventually be phased out. It is better to avoid using these attributes to help future-proof your website. Many of these can be substituted using CSS.

Attribute Description
align Designates the alignment of content inside an element.
axis Used to categorize cells.
bgcolor Designates the background color of a cell.
char Aligns the content in a cell to a specific character.
charoff Sets the number of characters to offset the content from the character designated by the char attribute.
height Designates the height of a cell.
nowrap Designates that the content inside a cell should not wrap.
valign Alights the content in a cell vertically.
width Designates the width of a cell.


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