For the past few years, creating tables in Canva has been quite a roundabout chore.
And, by roundabout, it means you’ll have to create a table manually by adding cells and such.
But, if you signed up for the beta testing of Canva’s newest feature, table-making would be such a breeze.
So, if you’re up for some present opening (because trying out a new Canva feature feels like opening a gift), let’s get this thing going then.
Adding Tables in Canva
First, go to Elements and scroll down until you see the Tables section. Choose a table and click on it. Click on a cell before tapping the ellipsis icons that appear to add and remove rows and columns. Edit the cell colors, table borders, table, and cell spacing by tapping the corresponding buttons on the toolbar.
Canva’s Newest Feature: Tables
Step 1: On the editor page, head over to “Elements.”
Step 2: Scroll down the “Elements” gallery until you see the “Tables” section. Click on the “See all” option to check out all the table options available.
Step 3: Scroll down to select what table template or style you want. Click and drag the said table to your canvas.
Step 4: You can begin editing your table by adding rows and columns to your newly-created table. To do this, click on a cell until 2 ellipsis buttons appear (one on top and one on the side).
If you want to add a column, tap the ellipsis icon found at the top. In the dropdown menu that appears, there are 4 options you can find in adding columns for your table:
- Add column before (adding 1 column to the left of the column you selected)
- Add column after (adding 1 column to the right of your selected column)
- Add 4 rows before (adding 4 rows up the row you selected)
- Add 4 rows after (adding 4 rows below the row you selected)
If you want to add rows instead, click the ellipsis icon on the side. In the dropdown menu that appears, you’ll see the following options:
- Add 3 columns before (adding 3 columns to the left of the column you selected)
- Add 3 columns after (adding 3 columns to the right of your selected column)
- Add a row before (adding 1 row up the row you selected)
- Add a row after (adding 1 row below the row you selected)
Yet, if you want a simpler method of adding rows or columns, select a cell again and hover the cursor anywhere after the ellipsis icons. You’ll then see a “+” icon.
Click on the “+” icon to automatically add an entire row or column to your table.
Step 5: If you want to remove columns or rows, delete them with the “Delete column” or “Delete row” options in the same dropdown menu.
But, unlike the nifty shortcut for adding columns or rows, there isn’t such a feature yet for deleting them.
However, don’t be sad yet, as it’s still the beta testing phase. You can just include this later on in your feedback.
Step 6: Now, it’s time to assign a header row. Header rows have a different color or hue so you can easily distinguish them from the rest, at the same time, place titles in there.
To change the header row’s color in one go, tap on the “Ctrl” button on your keyboard while tapping the cells on the top part of the table one by one. This move will automatically highlight them.
Now, tap on the colored tile on the toolbar to activate the color gallery. In the window that appears, choose what color you’d like to assign for your header row.
You can even add a new one by tapping on the rainbow-colored “+” tile and place either a hex code or search for new colors using the sliders. Think of this step as filling a text box with color.
If you’d also like to change the color of the other rows, follow the process I’ve explained to you until you’re done with this step.
Step 7: Once you’re satisfied with your table’s colors, add text. Simply double-click on a particular cell and type away!
You can even change the text color through the “Font color” option in the toolbar.
Step 8: To add a border color, tap the “Border Color” button to the right of the “Color” tile. You can then choose to change all the borders’ colors through the “Change all” button at the bottom.
Step 9: Adjust the border’s thickness by tapping on the “Weight” button on the toolbar. You can find this to the right of the “Border Color” button.
Once the dropdown menu appears, drag the slider to the right to increase the border thickness. Drag it to the left to make the border thinner.
Step 10: To adjust the gaps between the cells, tap the “Table Spacing” option on the toolbar.
Drag the “Table spacing” slider to the left or right to widen or narrow the gap between the columns. Drag the “Cell spacing” slider to decrease or increase the gap between the rows.
Step 11: To adjust the size of the cells, click on the table, and hover the cursor on one side of the cell. The cursor then takes a two-headed arrow shape.
Click and drag until the cell widens or narrows to your liking.
Step 12: If you’re satisfied with the table you created, download it in the format that you like by tapping the “Download” button.
So, there you have it! Creating tables in Canva now is much breezier thanks to their developers.
With this table section in Canva’s elements gallery, you can literally create anything you fancy that involves tables!
From planners, calendars, to presentations, you don’t have to worry about creating a table in Canva anymore.
Hopefully, the beta phase would be over soon so this new feature will be available to everyone in full swing!
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