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Text tool: Tables

Meet the latest tool to come to the text editors within Pivot Interactives - Tables!

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Written by Trevor Register
Updated over a week ago

What is a Table?

The table tool in the text editor allows you to add a table to your text space. These tables can house ANYTHING that you could already put into the text box. That includes:

  1. Lists

  2. Links

  3. Formulas and variables

  4. Images

  5. PDFs (as links)

Tables are a great way to present organized content within your activities.

Making a Table

#1. Add the table.

In the text space, click the Table icon in the toolbar, then click Insert Table. This will add a 3x3 table to start.

Hint: Need a bigger space to see your table? Use the Window Resizer in the bottom right corner to expand your editor space:

#2. Add Columns and Rows

Click on the table to activate the Table tools. While inside a cell, you can add a row or Column in relation to that cell.

Click the highlighted Table tool, then click Column, where you can add columns to the left or right of your active cell.

If you are not in a cell, you will only see the option to add another table when you click on the Table tool. Once you click into a cell, the other options will appear.

#3. Merging Cells

You can make title rows and columns by merging cells.

To do this, highlight the cells you wish to merge. Then, click on the Table tool, then select Cells. This will expand a menu - select Merge Cells to merge the cells together.

You can merge cells vertically and horizontally.

All data that was in the merged cells are preserved. It will appear in the new merged cell from left to right, top to bottom.

Merged cells can exist next to cells of different heights as well:

#4. Entering Data Quickly

You can enter anything into a cell that you could put into the text editor. This includes formulas, variables, PDFs, images, and more.

When you're typing in a cell:

  • The Enter key on your keyboard adds a line within the cell.

  • The keyboard tab key moves you to the next cell from left to right. If you are at the end of a row, this will move you to the left-most cell on the next row.

Features of Tables


Tables can have Header Columns, Header Rows, and Header Cells. These columns, rows, and cells are differentiated from typical cells by their darker background and bold text.

Notice in the example below: we have selected the first merged cell to be a Header Column. Since it is the only cell in the first row, this will also make the first row have a darkened background:

You can set multiple cells to be headers at one time. Select all of the desired cells, then select the status you want to give them:

Tables vs. Data Tables

Tables are different than Data Tables. Data Tables are an activity component - like open-ended questions or a video instance. They can have calculated columns, column statistics, and graphs. A Table from the text editor does not have the calculation tools.

  1. To add a Text Table, use the Table tool icon in the text editor.

  2. To add a Data Table, you will need to add a Data Table or Data Table & Graph component to your activity.

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