Add/Edit a Table

How do I add/edit a table in a text box?

  1. Position the cursor.

    Position your cursor in the text box where you want the table to display.

    Screenshot of the Rich Text Editor with the cursor positioned in the far left of the text box.
  2. Click the Table icon.

    This will display the Table Properties dialogue box.

    Screeshot of the Rich Text Editor with the Table button highlighted.
  3. Set the number of Rows, Columns and any other table properties needed.

    • Rows: Specify how many rows you want to have in your table.
    • Columns: Specify how many columns you wish for your table to have.
    • Border Size: This set the thickness of the table's borders.
    • Alignment: Specifies the alignment of your table relative to the page the table is on.
    • Width: Sets the width of your table in pixels or percentages. A table with a width of 40% will take up 40% of the editing area in your text box.
    • Cell Spacing: This specifies how thick the cell borders will be in the table.
    • Cell Padding: This sets the height of the cells in the table.
    • Caption: Specifies the title of your table. The title appears at the top of the table and can be useful for organizing all of the content on your page and providing context for students.
    • Summary: Sets a comment on the table, which will not appear in the table as it is only for usage.
    The table window with the options for the number of Rows, Columns and other table properties highlighted.
  4. Click OK.

    The table window with the OK button highlighted.
  5. View the table.

    Screenshot of the new table in the text window.
  6. Edit the table properties & context menu. (Optional)

    To edit the table properties, right-click (CTRL-click - MAC) on the table.

    Cells

    The cell options are located in the context menu of a table, which will appear when you click the right-button of your mouse when the pointer is over the table.

    Note: You must be editing the table for the context menu to appear. If not, a context menu for your internet browser will appear instead.

    You are given the following options in the context menu:

    • Insert Cell Before: Inserts a new cell before the cell your cursor is currently in.
    • Insert Cell After: Inserts a new cell after the cell your cursor is currently in.
    • Delete Cells: Deletes the cell your cursor is in. You may also highlight more cells and than delete them.
    • Merge Cells: Merges cells you have highlighted into one cell.
    • Split Cell Horizontally: Splits a cell in two.One cell is split into two columns.
    • Split Cell Vertically: Splits a cell in two. One cell is split into two rows.
    • Cell properties: If you click the cell properties a new popup window called "Cell Properties" will appear.

    The following options exist in the Cell Properties window:

    • Width: Sets the cell width in pixels or in percentage of the table width.
    • Height: Sets the height of the cell.
    • Word wrap: Turns word wrapping on/off.
    • Horizontal Alignment: Determines the horizontal alignment of the text in your cell. It can be set to Left, Center or Right.
    • Vertical Alignment: Determines the vertical alignment of the text in your cell. It can be set to Top, Middle, Bottom or Baseline.
    • Rows span: Extends vertical rows.
    • Columns span: Extends cells on a horizontal row (left and right).
    • Background colour: Sets the background colour of your cell. You can either select a colour or type it manually.
    • Border Colour: Sets the colour of your cells border. You can either select a colour or type it manually.

    Rows

    Accessing the Row features allows you the following properties:

    • Insert Row Before: Inserts a new row before the row your cursor is currently in.
    • Insert Row After: Inserts a new row after the row your cursor is currently in.
    • Delete Rows: Deletes highlighted rows or the row your cursor is currently in. 

    Columns

    Accessing the Column features allows you to set the following properties:

    • Insert Column Before: Inserts a column before the column your cursor is currently in.
    • Insert Column After: Inserts a column after the column your cursor is currently in.
    • Delete Columns: Deletes highlighted columns or the column your cursor is currently in.
    Screenshot of the table properties dropdown that appears when you right click the table. (Optional) Select the Table Element that you want to edit (Cell, Row, Column, Table or Delete).Select the Table Element that you want to edit (Cell, Row, Column, Table or Delete).Select the Table Element that you want to edit (Cell, Row, Column, Table or Delete).Select the Table Element that you want to edit (Cell, Row, Column, Table or Delete).

    Select the Table Element that you want to edit (Cell, Row, Column, Table or Delete).