Table controls positioning

When customising DataTables for your usage, you might find the default position of the feature elements (for example the search input) is not quite to your liking or needs to be altered to fit with the layout of your application. DataTables provides the ability to customise these table controls using the layout option. It is worth noting that the layout works across all of the styling integrations that DataTables supports - you can easily change framework and the layout will continue to work as expected.

layout is an object where each property key defines the position and the matching value is the element to show in that position. The value can be a string value matching one of the built in options, or a plug-in if you use any, an HTML element or plain text. It can also be an array of those options for multiple items in each position, or null to show nothing. Please refer to the layout documentation for full details.

The default layout used by DataTables is:

layout: {
	topStart: 'pageLength',
	topEnd: 'search',
	bottomStart: 'info',
	bottomEnd: 'paging'

In this example the page length information is replaced by the table information display and the pagination control is shown across the whole of the table's footer area. Note that the bottomStart and bottomEnd properties are set to be null otherwise their default options would be shown.

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The Javascript shown below is used to initialise the table shown in this example:

$('#example').DataTable({ layout: { topStart: 'info', bottom: 'paging', bottomStart: null, bottomEnd: null } });
new DataTable('#example', { layout: { topStart: 'info', bottom: 'paging', bottomStart: null, bottomEnd: null } });

In addition to the above code, the following Javascript library files are loaded for use in this example:

    The HTML shown below is the raw HTML table element, before it has been enhanced by DataTables:

    This example uses a little bit of additional CSS beyond what is loaded from the library files (below), in order to correctly display the table. The additional CSS used is shown below:

    The following CSS library files are loaded for use in this example to provide the styling of the table:

      This table loads data by Ajax. The latest data that has been loaded is shown below. This data will update automatically as any additional data is loaded.

      The script used to perform the server-side processing for this table is shown below. Please note that this is just an example script using PHP. Server-side processing scripts can be written in any language, using the protocol described in the DataTables documentation.

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