Tables show the logical relationship between two or more pieces of data. Where no relationships exist, a list is usually a better option. 

Do not insert tables into the middle of a numbered procedure. Also, avoid using tables to break up dense content or to save space. 

When you create a table, you should:

  • Align text to the left.
  • Use consistent formatting.
  • Provide clear headings or other labels.
  • Write the flow of information to display from left to right.
  • Ensure the information in each table column aligns with the next.

You should not: 

  • Add color to rows and columns.
  • Insert check marks or images into tables.
  • Format table headers with bold (unless you're citing a UI label) or italics.
  • Write individual table entries to read as complete sentences.

Example table

Item Item weightItem cost
Item A100oz$100.00
Item B200oz$200.00