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Within the documents you compose in Notion, you’ll likely want to present tabular information without the complexity databases. The
Table block does just that.
Let’s explore how to create and customize these “simple tables.”
- Insert a
Tablelike any other block, by clicking
/table. By default, a new
Tableis 2×3 with no formatting.
- Alternatively, you can convert a table-formatted database (without multiple views) to a
Tableblock by clicking its
⁝⁝menu and selecting
Turn into simple table.
- That means you can paste cells from a Google Sheet, then convert the resulting database to a
- Conversely, you can convert a
Tableto a database from its
- While row heights are dictated by their inner contents, you can manually resize columns by dragging their borders.
- When editing a
Table, you’ll see its primary menu at the top-right. At any time, clicking the double-arrow extends the
Tableto the full width of the content area, with equal column widths.
- To emphasize the heading of columns or title of rows, you can enable a
Header column. Doing so shades the top row or leftmost column.
- You’ll find both options within the
Optionsdropdown of the
Table‘s primary menu.
- Alternatively, you can use the
:::menu specific to each row or column. Hover over the row or column to reveal the icon.
- When you convert a database to a
Table, it the
Header rowis automatically enabled.
Add and edit rows and columns.
- Within the
:::menu for a column or row, you can duplicate, delete, clear, or add an adjacent column or row.
- You can also add columns or rows by clicking or dragging the
+bar that appears when you hover over the last column or row.
- You’ll find a draggable
+at the bottom-right corner of the
- With a full column or row selected, you can use keyboard shortcuts like
cmd/ctrl + bto apply formatting to all of its cells.
- By clicking and dragging their
:::menus, you can rearrange rows and columns.
- The cells of
Tableswork just like the
Textproperties of databases or individual
- You can format the text, add hyperlinks, and
@-mentionpages, people and dates.
- While you’re unable to add other blocks—including bullet, number and to-do lists—you can get creative with emojis, special characters (including the bullet: •), and line breaks (
shift + return/enter).
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