Tables are a great way to visually group and analyze data. The data can be added manually or imported from other files, such as text or CSV files. Excel also offers a lot of options to format the tables, such as formatting the column headings, rows, and cells.
To add data to an Excel table, select any cell and then click the Insert > Table button. A dialog box will appear that lists the data fields to be included in the table. You can also choose to automatically include column headers and total rows, which is a convenient feature that will make it easier to see the structure of your data.
Deleting Rows or Columns
To delete columns and rows from a table, select the range of data in the column or row you want to remove. Then, right-click on the selected range and select Table Rows or Table Columns from the contextual menu.
Changing Table Names
You can easily change the names of your tables by going to the table that you wish to rename and then selecting a cell within it. The table will then be renamed to the new generic name. This is a handy feature when you have a large number of tables in your workbook and are unable to go to each one and type the new name over the old one manually.
Using Table Styles
The Table Tools Design tab appears in the ribbon as soon as you click any cell within a table. It provides a gallery of 50+ inbuilt table styles grouped into Light, Medium, and Dark categories.
If you’re not a fan of the built-in table styles, you can create your own custom table styles with a few clicks. The default styles will be reflected in your workbook, but you can modify or delete the table styles as well.
Creating a Table is Simple
When you first create a table, Excel will try to guess the range of the data you’re working with and you can confirm this later on by using the Confirm Range and table headers check boxes. Once you’re happy with the data range and table headers, press OK.
There are many different ways to edit a table, including changing its name, removing and adding columns or rows, and deleting the table altogether. You can also use the table resize tool to adjust the size of your table.
Using a table to filter and sort your data is a fantastic way to organize the data in your workbook. It allows you to quickly sort and filter your data according to a variety of criteria, such as alphabetically, numerically, and by value. You can even select different summary formulas for each of the columns in a table to customize its look and feel.
A table is a great way to visualize data and is particularly useful when it’s used for what-if analysis. You can also use it to present your data in charts. You can choose from a wide variety of chart types to present your data, such as bar charts and line charts.