How to insert and customize a table in Microsoft Excel

Updated: 05/23/2017 by Computer Hope

Excel tableAdding a table to your Excel spreadsheet is a quick and easy way to organize and sort data. Below are the steps on how to insert a table in Microsoft Excel.

Adding a table

  1. Open Excel and move to the cell you want to insert the table.
  2. Click the Insert tab.
  3. Click the Table button.

Resizing the table

Once the table has been inserted, you can adjust the table's size by moving the mouse to the bottom right corner of the table until you get a double-headed arrow. Once this arrow is visible, click and drag the table in the direction you want the table to expand. You can drag the cursor to the right to add more columns or down to add more rows.

Changing the look of the table

After the table is added, move your cursor into a cell within the table and click the Design tab. Within the Design tab, you can adjust the Header Row, Total Row, and how the rows appear. You can also adjust the overall look of the table by clicking on one of the table styles.

Using your table

Once you get the table looking the way you want it to appear, you can enter data into the table. After data is in the table, you can use the sorting features in the table by clicking the down arrow in the column you want to sort. For example, you could sort a price column from smallest to largest to identify what is the cheapest item in a list of items.

Moving the table

After adding a table, it can be moved anywhere else by clicking on a cell within the table and then hovering over the top, bottom, right, or left edge of the table. When you see four arrows pointing in all directions, click and hold down the left mouse button and drag the table to where you want it to be positioned.

Additional information

  • See our table definition for further information and related links on this term.