We have several pages that display data in a tabular format. We have a standard table design that we follow that has footer which includes pagination. What I would like to know is when we have less data what is a the best way to display the table. Here are the options that I wish to choose amongst
Keep the table height same. display the empty space in the table. Show pagination at the bottom that indicates only one page.
Reduce the height of the table by removing the rows without data. Keep the footer at the bottom to indicate the end of the table.
Remove the empty rows and hide the footer row of the table along with the navigation.
With the reduced table height, the layout does not look as good as it otherwise does so I am tempted to go with option 1 but would like to hear of other ideas and thoughts too.