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Add Tables

This information applies only to the Original Course View.

Add tables in the editor

You can add and format tables in the editor. The editor appears wherever you can add text, such as in assignments, tests, discussions, and journals. You have creative control over how your content appears and the flexibility to change the order and appearance.

To be sure your content is accessible to all users, use tables only to present data rather than for layout or presentation purposes. For example, users who are blind use screen readers to have text on the web read aloud. Table information read by screen readers can be difficult for users to understand.

In the editor's text box, place your mouse pointer where you want to add a table and select the Insert/Edit table icon. You can also use the right-click menu.

Most of the table functions are grayed out and unavailable unless you access an existing table in the text area.

To resize a table, press and drag a table's corners or sides.

To use your keyboard to jump to the editor toolbar, press ALT + F10. On a Mac, press Fn + ALT + F10. Use the arrow keys to select an option.

Table properties

When you add a table, you can set the table's basic properties on the General tab.

The system uses pixels for padding, spacing, and borders. You can use pixels or a percentage of the available display for the width and height of the table. If you leave the height box blank, the table is sized automatically to fit the content.

If you don't select a table alignment, the current paragraph alignment is used.

Select the Table Caption check box so that you can add a title that appears centered over your table.

Advanced tab

On the Advanced tab, you can set additional properties for a table from menus and color boxes. You can also add information about these properties:

  • ID: Type the table identifier.
  • Summary: Type a description of the table.
  • Style: Allow HTML code overrides for the placement, size, appearance, and border.
  • Language Code: Type a standard language code if the content in the table is in a different language than the rest of the page.

You can use a graphic image to appear as the table's background. Type a URL to create a link to an image file outside of the system. You must use the http:// protocol. You can also browse for an image in the course's file repository.

Set table row and cell properties

You can set formatting parameters to control how the content of table rows or cells will appear. Select a table and then select the Table Row Properties or Table Cell Properties icon.

On the General tab, you can set basic properties for rows and cells, such as alignment. If you don't set a height for a row, the row is sized automatically to fit the content.

After you make a change, select the rows or cells to update from the menu at the bottom of the window.

For a description of some of the Advanced properties, such as Language Code and Background Image, see the Table Properties section.

Edit tables

In the editor's text box, select a table to make the table editing functions active.

Table editing functions
Function Description
Open the Insert/Edit Table window. If you select the icon while inside a table, a new table is created inside the first one.
Open the Table Row Properties window.
Open the Table Cell Properties window.
Insert a blank row before the current mouse pointer position.
Insert a blank row after the current mouse pointer position.
Delete the current row from the table. If you select multiple rows, all are deleted.
Insert a blank column in the table to the left of the current mouse pointer position.
Insert a blank column in the table to the right of the current mouse pointer position.
Delete the current column from the table. If you select multiple columns, all are deleted.
Merge two or more selected cells into a single cell.
Split previously merged table cells. If the cell or cells aren't the cells that you merged, nothing happens.