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Adding contents to tables

New contents can be added to tables in the same way as to any other location in a document. You can type text in the current table cell. You can paste clipboard contents, or use drag & drop to transfer fragments of this or another document to the current table. Etc.

However, there are still a few specifics regarding adding contents to tables:

Copy / paste

Any clipboard contents – ordinary paragraphs, images, table fragments, etc. – can be pasted into a table. But Atlantis will offer different pasting options, depending on whether there is a selection in the target table, and what exactly is stored on the clipboard.

A. With no selection in the target table

If you right-click where you want to paste the clipboard contents, the context menu will include a list of available "Paste Options". Among these options, there always is a default option. The default option can always be invoked by pressing Ctrl+V, or through the "Edit | Paste" main menu command, or the corresponding Paste toolbar button.

When the clipboard contains whole table columns, and the caret is within the top row of the target table, the "Paste As New Columns" option is offered as the default option:

The new columns are automatically inserted to the left of the current column in the target table.

Let’s take "Table 1" below as an example. Let’s suppose that you have selected the 4th and 5th columns, then pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selection to the clipboard:

If you then right-click in the 2nd column top cell of "Table 2", and choose "Paste As New Columns" from the popup menu:

the two columns stored on the clipboard will be pasted (added) to the left of the target column:

When the clipboard contains whole table row(s), the "Paste As New Rows" option is offered as the default option. The new row(s) are pasted above the current row in the target table.

Let’s suppose that you have selected the first two rows in "Table 1" below, then pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selection to the clipboard:

If you then right-click in the second row of "Table 2", and choose "Paste As New Rows" from the popup menu:

the two rows stored on the clipboard will be pasted (added) above the target row in "Table 2":

When the clipboard contains whole table cell(s), the "Paste Cells" option is offered as the default option. The new cell(s) are pasted at the current caret location.

Let’s take an example. Let’s suppose that you have selected the following cell block in "Table 1" below, then pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selection to the clipboard:

If you then right-click in the 3rd cell of the 2nd row in "Table 2", and choose the "Paste Cells" option from the popup menu:

the cells from the clipboard will replace one-for-one the cells associated with the current caret position:

Like the "Paste cells" option, the "Paste As Cell Contents" option is offered when the clipboard contains whole table cells. But the "Paste As Cell Contents" option extracts the contents of the cells stored on the clipboard and embeds them in the target cell.

Let's take an example. Let’s suppose that you have selected the following cell block in "Table 1" below, and pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selected cells to the clipboard:

If you then right-click within the 1st cell of the 1st row in "Table 2", and choose "Paste As Cell Contents" from the popup menu:

the contents of the cells stored on the clipboard, will be pasted into the target cell as ordinary paragraphs:

B. With selection in the target table

If the clipboard contains whole table cells, and you select one or more cells in the target table, then choose to paste, each selected cell will be replaced one-for-one by the cells from the clipboard.

Let's take an example. Let’s suppose that you have selected the following cells in "Table 1", and pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selected cells to the clipboard:

Let’s now suppose that you select the following cells in "Table 2":

If you then press Ctrl+V to paste, each selected cell will be replaced one-for-one by the cells from the clipboard:

Let’s now suppose that you have selected only one cell in "Table 1" below, and pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selected cell to the clipboard:

If you select the following cells in "Table 2":

and press Ctrl+V to paste, each selected cell will be replaced by the only cell stored on the clipboard:

If the clipboard contains ordinary paragraphs (non-table text), and you select one or more cells in the target table, then choose to paste, the contents of each selected cell will be replaced one-for-one with a paragraph from the clipboard.

Let's take an example. Let's suppose that you have selected the following three non-table paragraphs, and have pressed Ctrl+C to copy the selection onto the clipboard:

If you then select the following table cells:

and press Ctrl+V to paste, the contents of each selected cell will be replaced one-for-one by a paragraph from the clipboard:

Drag & Drop

As explained right above, you can use copy/paste to add fragments from the current document or from another document to a table. But you can also use Drag & Drop in a similar way: simply select the document fragment that you want to transfer to a table, capture the selection with the left mouse button, and drag it to the desired location in the target table. In this way, the selected document fragment gets cut from the source location, then pasted into the target table. Ordinary drag & drop with the mouse alone is similar to "Cut & Paste". Now if you press the Ctrl key before dropping the captured selection into the target table, the selection is not cut from the source location, it is only copied to the target location. In other words, drag & drop associated with a press on the Ctrl key is similar to "Copy & Paste".

Below are a few examples of using drag & drop with tables. You can use drag & drop to:

1. Reorder table columns.

Let’s suppose that you have selected the following table column:

If you drag & drop that selection into the first column of the table:

the selected column will automatically be moved to the left of the target column:

2. Duplicate table rows.

Let’s suppose that you have selected the following table rows:

If you drag that selection, and press and hold the Ctrl key down, then drop the selection into the 4th row:

a copy of the selected rows will automatically be inserted above the target row:

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