Make quick work of tables

Using tables is an effective way to present data for a quick consensus. Confluence makes it simple to make or modify whichever format you need.

Create and format tables

In a few clicks, create a table to organize instructions, action items, notes, status updates, and more.

Follow along

In edit mode:

  1. Create a table by clicking the table icon in the editor toolbar at the top or using the keyboard shortcut (shift + option + T).
  2. To modify the default table, visit Table options in the table toolbar that appears beneath the table to remove a header row, add a header column, or add a numbered column.
  3. Add a row by hovering over the grey dots that appear next to the table’s left side. The dot will turn into an option to “Insert row below” (control + option + down arrow). Click the + to add.
  4. Add a column by hovering over the grey dots that appear above the table. The dot will turn into an option to “Insert column right” (control + option + right arrow). Click the + to add.
  5. Delete a row or column by highlighting it entirely (drag your mouse across, or click the leftmost edge or topmost edge,) then clicking the X that appears to the left or at the top.
  6. Merge cells by highlighting them, then clicking Cell options at any cell’s top-right corner and choosing Merge cells.
  7. In the table toolbar, click the “Insert chart” button to create a line, bar, or pie chart, then explore formatting and data source options.
  8. Insert elements and macros inside table cells, such as action items ([ ]), status lozenges (/status), and Jira issues (/jira).
  9. Use our quick widths to avoid a cramped table. Use the width icon that appears next to the table’s top right corner. Click the icon again to switch between options.


Pro Tip

On a published page, order rows in a table with the sort icon that appears in the right corner of header cells. Click the icon again to unsort. The new ordering is only visible to you and not saved for others.

Instead of starting from scratch, try one of our time-saving shortcuts.

Pro Tip

If you have a crowded page, hide your table in an expand

Dive deeper into tables in Confluence:

Learn more about tables and charts or watch a video about working with tables.

Read “Best practices for working with tables in Confluence.”

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