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Changing table structure

Adding rows

To add a new row to a table, hover the mouse cursor over the left edge of the table where you want to insert a new row:

Insert row

A rectangular box with a "+" sign will automatically be displayed at that location:

Insert row

Click it to insert a new row:

Insert row

A new row can be also inserted before the first row:

Insert row

And after the last row:

Insert row

There is an alternative way to add new rows to tables. Right-click any row above or below which you want to insert new rows, and choose the "Insert | Rows Above" or "Insert | Rows Below" command from the popup menu.

If you select multiple rows in the table before calling the "Insert | Rows Above" or "Insert | Rows Below" command:

Selected rows

the "Insert | Rows Above" or "Insert | Rows Below" command will insert as many new rows above or below the selection as are contained within the original selection. Let's suppose that you have selected the first three rows of a table as illustrated right above. If you right-click and choose "Insert | Rows Below" from the menu, Atlantis will automatically insert the following three new rows:

New rows

Deleting rows

To delete rows from a table, select them in any suitable way, right-click the selection, and choose the "Delete Rows" command from the popup menu.

Adding columns

To add a new column to a table, hover the mouse cursor over the top edge of the table where you want to insert a new column:

New columns

A rectangular box with a "+" sign will automatically be displayed at that location:

New columns

Click it to insert a new column:

New columns

A new column can be also inserted in front of the first column:

New columns

And after the last column:

New columns

When you insert new columns in this way, the existing columns do not get resized. The overall table width is instead increased by the width of the new column.

However, if you select columns before adding a new column, the overall table width will remain unchanged. Space for the new column is allocated by shrinking the selected column(s). Let's suppose that you have made the following column selection:

Selected columns

And you click to insert a new column between the 3rd and 4th columns:

New columns

The selected columns will be shrunk to provide space for the new column:

Shrunk columns

In the same way, if you select a whole table before inserting a new column:

Selected table

And click to insert a new column:

New column

All the table columns will be reduced to make space for the new column:

Shrunk columns

There is an alternative way to add new columns to tables: Right-click any column before or after which you want to insert a new column, then choose the "Insert | Columns to the Left" or "Insert | Columns to the Right" command from the popup menu.

If you select multiple columns before calling the "Insert | Columns to the Left" or "Insert | Columns to the Right" command:

Selected columns

the "Insert | Columns to the Left" or "Insert | Columns to the Right" command will insert as many new columns before or after the selection as are contained within the original selection. Let's suppose that you have selected the second and third column of a table as illustrated right above. If you right-click and choose "Insert | Columns to the Right" from the menu, Atlantis will automatically insert the following two new columns:

Insert multiple columns

Deleting columns

To delete columns from a table, select them in any suitable way, right-click the selection, then choose the "Delete Columns" command from the popup menu.

Adding cells

To insert a new cell in a table, right-click where you want to insert the new cell, then choose the "Insert | Cells..." command from the popup menu. In the "Insert Cells" dialog, choose where Atlantis should shift the existing cells, either to the right in the target row, or down the current column:

The 'Insert cells' dialog

Let's suppose that you have the following table:

Table

If you right-click the leftmost cell in the first row, then choose the "Insert | Cells..." command from the popup menu, and select the "Shift cells right" option, all the original cells of the first row will be shifted to the right:

Shifted cells

If you choose the "Shift cells down" option instead, all the original cells of the first column will be shifted down, and a new row will automatically be created:

Shifted cells

Now if you select multiple cells before calling the "Insert cells" command, and choose to "shift cells down", Atlantis will insert as many cells as have been selected. For example, let's suppose that you have made the following cell selection:

Cell selection

If you then run the "Insert cells" command, and choose to "shift cells down", Atlantis will create as many new cells as were originally selected, and create as many new rows as necessary to accommodate the shifted cells:

Added cells

Deleting cells

To delete a cell from a table, right-click the cell, then choose the "Delete Cells..." command from the popup menu. In the "Delete Cells" dialog, choose where Atlantis should shift the remaining cells, either to the left in the current row, or up in the current column:

The 'Delete cells' dialog

Note that you can delete multiple cells at one go. To do so, select them in any suitable way, right-click the selection, and choose "Delete Cells..." from the menu.

Merging cells

To merge two or more cells belonging to different columns and/or rows into a single cell, you need to select these cells first:

Multiple cells

Then right-click the selection, and choose the "Merge Cells" command from the popup menu. Atlantis will combine the selection into one single cell:

Merged cells

Note. When the selected cells are not blank:

Multiple cells

their contents are incorporated into the new merged cell:

Merged cells

Splitting cells

To split a cell into multiple columns and/or rows, right-click that cell, then choose the "Split Cells..." command from the popup menu. In the "Split Cells" dialog, choose how many columns and rows you want the split cell to have:

The 'Split cells' dialog

Let's suppose that you want to split the highlighted cell in this table:

Selected cell

If you right-click the selection and specify 3 columns and 2 rows in the "Split Cells" dialog, you will get this:

Split cells

Note that you can split multiple cells at one go. To do so, select them in any suitable way, right-click the selection, and choose "Split Cells" from the menu.

Let's suppose that you want to split the highlighted cells in this table:

Selected cells

If you right-click the selection and specify 2 columns and 2 rows in the "Split Cells" dialog, you will get this:

Split cells

Each selected cell got split into 2 columns and 2 rows.

Converting table to text

Any table in an Atlantis document can be converted to ordinary non-table text.

For example, you might need to convert a table into a structural list before feeding the table's data into another application that does not support proper tables. You might also want to convert a borderless table:

Borderless table

to an ordinary linear structure.

To do so, right click the table that you want to convert to text, and choose the "Convert Table to Text..." menu command:

The 'Convert table to text' command

This will display the "Convert Table to Text" dialog where you can specify which character Atlantis should use to separate cell text:

The 'Convert table to text' dialog

Clicking OK will remove the table structure:

Remove the table structure

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