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Inserting a Layout Structure in an Email Message

AUDIENCE: Administrators, Marketing Users
OBJECTIVES: 

  • Identify the different layout structures available in Act-On
  • Create a layout structure in the rich text editor
  • Learn the different features available when using layout structures
There are two options to choose from when creating a layout structure: Overall Layout and Regional Layout.

There are two options to choose from when creating a layout structure:

  • Overall Layout: This option can be used to create a complex layout like a newsletter. Overall Layout structures originate from an empty rich text block. If any text exists at the time you choose to insert the Overall Layout structure, you will be prompted to confirm that the existing text can be deleted.
  • Regional Layout: This option can be used if a single table is needed within a rich text block. It can also be used inside an Overall Layout structure to create a custom newsletter look and feel.
  • Edit your email message.
  • Hover over the Rich Text Block and click the Pencil icon.
  • Choose an area to place your table.
  • Select Insert Layout Structure.
  • Click on the appropriate layout structure to insert the layout into the rich text editor.
  • Click in a table cell where you would like to insert an additional table and repeat the process again. Ensure you are choosing a Regional Layout.  Regional Layouts can be used anywhere in the message and can be inserted inside other tables.

Once a table is inserted into your message, you can manipulate the height, size, background color, alignment, etc. of both the table itself as well as individual cells. Use the last row of icons in the rich text editor to format your table to the right dimensions.

Below are descriptions for all the icons found in the rich text editor that can be used to manipulate tables and table cells to create a custom look for your email messages and newsletters.

  • Insert a New Table: Insert a new table or edit the properties of an existing one (e.g., to set the width and height of your table). Place your cursor inside the table and click this icon.
  • Table Row Properties: Use this icon to quickly set the dimensions of all the cells in a row of your table at once.
  • Table Cell Properties: Set the height, width, alignment, background color, etc. for a single cell using this button. Place your cursor inside the cell and click the icon.
  • Insert Row Before: Insert a row before the one that your cursor is currently in. 
  • Insert Row After: Insert a row after the one that your cursor is currently in. 
  • Delete Row: Delete a row and its contents with a single click. Place your cursor inside the row and click this icon.
  • Insert Column Before: Insert a column to the left of the one that your cursor is currently in. 
  • Insert Column After: Insert a column to the right of the one that your cursor is currently in. 
  • Delete Column: Delete a column and its contents with a single click. Place your cursor inside the column and click this icon.
  • Split Merged Table Cells: If columns or rows have been merged in your table, use this icon to separate the merged cells. Place your cursor inside the cells you would like to split and click the icon to separate them.
  • Merge Table Cells: In complex table designs, you can merge two cells using this icon. Highlight the cells you would like to merge and click this icon to create a single cell.

 

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