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Controlling Line Breaks in a Cell

Unless you specify otherwise, a browser will divide the lines of text in a cell as it decides on the height and width of each column and row. The nowrap attribute forces the browser to keep all the text in a cell on one line.

Figure 16.65. If one of your cells has a two word entry just a little bit bigger than the others, you may want to avoid the text wrap so the numerical data looks more uniform.

To keep text in a cell on one single line:

In a td or th cell, type nowrap= "nowrap".

Figure 16.66. Just add the nowrap attribute to the TD cell that should not be broken into multiple lines.

Figure 16.67. No matter how narrow the window and the table get, the cell's contents will stay on a single line, even if it means some of the table extends beyond the window.


  • In HTML, but not XHTML, you can just type nowrap by itself.

  • Browsers will make the cell (and the table that contains it) as wide as it needs to accommodate the single line of text even if it looks really ugly. I don't recommend using the nowrap tag with tables used for layout. It overrides the width attribute.

  • You can use regular line breaks (br) between words to mark where you do want the text to break.

  • You can also type   instead of a regular space to connect pairs of words or other elements with non-breaking spaces.

  • For more information on line breaks, consult Creating a Line Break on page 66 and Setting White Space Properties on page 164.

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