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Microsoft® Manual of Style, Fourth Edition by Microsoft Corporation

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Tables

A table is an arrangement of data with two or more rows and two or more columns. Typically, the information in the first column describes something whose attributes are shown in the other columns. A single row shows all the attributes for one item. The format of a table can vary, depending on the project style.

A list of similar entries that is arranged in multiple columns is not a table but a multicolumn list. An example is a list of commands. For details about lists, see Lists.

A table usually has column headings, and it can optionally have a title. Introduce a table with a sentence that ends with a period, not a fragment that ends with a colon. If a table is titled, an introductory sentence does not have to immediately precede the table. ...

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