HTMLTableColElement: align property

Deprecated: This feature is no longer recommended. Though some browsers might still support it, it may have already been removed from the relevant web standards, may be in the process of being dropped, or may only be kept for compatibility purposes. Avoid using it, and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The align property of the HTMLTableColElement interface is a string indicating how to horizontally align text in a table <col> column element.

Note: This property is deprecated, and CSS should be used to align text horizontally in a column. Use the CSS text-align property, which takes precedence, to horizontally align text in a column instead.

As <td> are not children of <col>, you can't set it directly on a <col> element, you need to select the cells of the column using a td:nth-last-child(n) or similar (n is the column number, counting from the end).


The possible values are:


Align the text to the left. Use text-align: left applied directly to the {{td}} or {{th}} instead.

Align the text to the right. Use text-align: right applied directly to the <td> or <th> instead.


Center the text in the cell. Use text-align: center instead.


Use CSS text-align on the <td> and <th> elements. As <td> elements of a column are not children of <col>, setting the align attribute in HTML or text-align property in CSS on a <col> element will have no effect. Instead, select the cells of a column using a :is(td, tr):nth-child(n), where n is the column number, or similar.

An example is available on the :nth-child() page.


HTML Standard
# dom-col-align

Browser compatibility

BCD tables only load in the browser

See also