add scroll bar to table body

44

I want to do this as easily as possible with out any additional libraries.

In my very long table I want to add a scrollbar to the <tbody> tag so that the head is always visible but it wont work. can you please help.

fiddle : http://jsfiddle.net/Hpx4L/

<table border="1">
  <thead>
    <tr>
      <th>Month</th>
      <th>Savings</th>
    </tr>
  </thead>
  <tfoot>
    <tr>
      <td>Sum</td>
      <td>$180</td>
    </tr>
  </tfoot>
  <tbody style="overflow-y:scroll; height:100px;"> <!-- wont work -->
    <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
          <tr>
      <td>January</td>
      <td>$100</td>
    </tr>
    <tr>
      <td>February</td>
      <td>$80</td>
    </tr>
  </tbody>
</table>

This question is tagged with html css

~ Asked on 2013-07-03 14:33:27

The Best Answer is


74

you can wrap the content of the <tbody> in a scrollable <div> :

html

....
<tbody>
  <tr>
    <td colspan="2">
      <div class="scrollit">
        <table>
          <tr>
            <td>January</td>
            <td>$100</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td>February</td>
            <td>$80</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td>January</td>
            <td>$100</td>
          </tr>
          <tr>
            <td>February</td>
            <td>$80</td>
          </tr>
          ...

css

.scrollit {
    overflow:scroll;
    height:100px;
}

see my jsfiddle, forked from yours: http://jsfiddle.net/VTNax/2/

~ Answered on 2013-07-03 14:45:15


16

These solutions often have issues with the header columns aligning with the body columns, and may not work properly when resizing. I know you didn't want to use an additional library, but if you happen to be using jQuery, this one is really small. It supports fixed header, footer, column spanning (colspan), horizontal scrolling, resizing, and an optional number of rows to display before scrolling starts.

jQuery.scrollTableBody (GitHub)

As long as you have a table with proper <thead>, <tbody>, and (optional) <tfoot>, all you need to do is this:

$('table').scrollTableBody();

~ Answered on 2013-09-24 05:33:10


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