Creating an empty table cell

How can one create an empty cell in the first column of a table?

No number of spaces works.

Using a backslash (’’) displays the backslash.

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Start each line in the table with a “|” (and optional: end it with a pipe also):

| This is a | Table
| – | –
| col1 | col2
| giraffe | tall
| | the first cell should be blank
| \ | the first cell should be blank
| The second cell is blank |

Result:

This is a Table
col1 col2
giraffe tall
the first cell should be blank
\ the first cell should be blank
The second cell is blank
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Thanks!