Here is a method for selecting a column in a table using the selector
:nth-child(n). You could then do whatever you want to it, like hiding or highlighting it. An example use could be showing that a particular column has been sorted, instead of the more traditional method of showing some indicator on the header.
// Highlight column 2 $('table tr > td:nth-child(2), table tr > th:nth-child(2)') .attr('style', 'background-color:#CCF;'); // Hide column 3 $('table tr > td:nth-child(3), table tr > th:nth-child(3)') .hide();