Tables

Tables allow you to organize and visually display data. Paste content directly into cells and style them exactly how you want.

Tables are so important we gave them their own shape library!

To add a table:

  1. Open the Shape Library Manager by clicking “+ Shapes” in the Toolbox or by pressing the “M” key.
  2. Turn on the Tables shape library.
  3. Drag and drop a table onto the canvas.

    Table Shapes

To add content manually:

  1. Double-click on any cell.
  2. Press Tab to advance to the next cell to the right.

To copy and paste from a spreadsheet:

  1. Highlight the desired data in an existing spreadsheet and copy it.
  2. Select a cell of your Lucidchart table. This is where the top-left cell of your copied data will go.
  3. To paste, press CTRL+V (or Command+V for Mac). Right clicking and selecting paste will not work.

Content that is tab-separated (like a spreadsheet) will paste with a preserved cell structure. If you copy a 10x10 cell selection and paste it into a 3x3 Lucidchart table, the table will automatically resize.

Tables introduce a few custom keyboard and mouse controls to make it easier to add and edit data inside the table.

Tables Menu

Right Click on Tables

Select Cell: Select the table, then click on an individual cell. A dashed border around the cell indicates that it is selected.

First Name Cell

Select Row/Column: Hover your mouse to the left edge of the table to select an entire row or hover along the top edge of the table to select an entire column.

Select Row or Column

Select Multiple Cells: Hold down Shift and click the first cell and last cell of a range to select multiple cells at the same time. Hold down Ctrl (Command) to select multiple cells that are not next to each other.

Delete Cell Content: When cells are selected, you can simply press Backspace or Delete keys and all content will be removed. You can also right-click on any cell and choose to clear an entire row or column.

Note: This will also delete any text styling applied to cells.

Add/Delete a Row/Column: Change the number of rows or columns by selecting a cell and using the context panel buttons to insert and delete as needed. You can also right-click on the table and choose from the options in the pop-up menu.

Note: Increasing the count field for rows will add a new row and change the height of the table. Increasing the count field for columns will add a new column, but preserve the width of the table. Using the Advanced Shape Menu to insert a new column will change the width of the table.

Tables Menu

Change Row/Column Width/Height: Hover over the border of a column or row and cursor will change to a double headed arrow. Click and drag the border in or out. Resize the entire table by clicking and dragging one of the corners of the table.

Change Row/Column Height

Note: As you increase row size, the table size will increase. As you change column size, the table size will stay the same. This means that other column sizes may change.

Change the number of rows or columns by selecting a cell and using the Advanced Shape Menu to insert and delete as needed. You can also right-click on the table and choose from the options in the pop-up menu.

Note: Increasing the count field for rows will add a new row and change the height of the table. Increasing the count field for columns will add a new column, but preserve the width of the table. Using the Advanced Shape Menu buttons to insert a new column will change the width of the table.

Tables Menu

Select the cells you want to merge, then click “Merge” inside the Advanced Shape Menu. If you want to unmerge a cell, select the cell and click “Unmerge.”

Merge and Unmerge

Merge and Unmerge

Merge and Unmerge

Lucidchart provides many ways to style your table.

Text: Select a cell or multiple cells to change the font and make text bolded, italicized, or underlined.

Striping: In the Advanced Shape Menu, find the “Striping” option and select rows or columns. Change the colors of your striping to suit your preferences.

Striping

Borders: In the Advanced Shape Menu, click “Borders” then select the option that best suits your data.

Column Alignment

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Color: Select a cell (or multiple cells), then use the Properties bar to modify the fill color and line color.

Table Cell Colors

 

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