Table cell problem

Ok im getting really annoyed when trying to line things up nicely on my site, im using tables and say i put some text in one cell and some text in the cell ajacent to it to the left or right, well one block of text is probably going to be longer than the other, leaving some white space in the smaller text cell. My problem is that in the cell with the smaller text the text gets centered vertically in the cell, is there an attribute to add that makes the text go to the top of the cell instead of in the center? This is seriously starting to annoy me hehe :d:

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thanks man, i can finally get things lined up strait:)