When you are doing a comparison or writing a detailed post, sometime adding a table helps to deliver the message in the right way. In WordPress, there are multiple ways by which you can add tables in your blog post. One of the most popular plugin to add table in WordPress is TablePress, but you might not like to be dependent on a plugin for adding tables in 1-2 blog posts. Is int it?
There are few alternate ways by which you can insert tables in WordPress, and today I will be sharing about one WordPress plugin which you should install now and it will enhance the functionality of your WordPress editor. If you are wondering why I used “insert tables without plugin”, here is the explanation: The plugin which I’m talking about is TinyMCE Advanced which enhances the feature of WordPress WYSIWYG editor, and even though you use this plugin to insert tables or do advance formatting, disabling the plugin will not affect your formatting. This plugin just helps you to do advanced customisation in post editor with the help of HTML and you can disable the plugin anytime.
How to use TinyMCE Advanced to add Tables and format your blog post?
After using this plugin I realised how essential this plugin is and it should be a part of your WordPress core features. Since it’s not, you should add this plugin in your WordPress blog (Plugin link) and it will enable advanced formatting feature in your WordPress post editor.
In this guide I will show you how to insert tables using this plugin, and some more features that you get after activating this plugin. Once you have downloaded and activated the plugin, you can configure the settings from Settings > TinyMCE Advanced and this is what configuration page looks like:
You can drag and drop buttons from Unused buttons section to toolbar and click on save changes. This way, you will be able to see the buttons in your WordPress editor section for advanced formatting. Once you are done with this, click on create new post and here you can start with advanced formatting along with inserting tables into your WordPress post.
Inserting Table into WordPress post :
Go to write new post> and select the tables and select the number of row and column you need for your tables. (See below screenshot)
Once the table is added, you can click the corner of the table to resize the table to fit perfectly into your blog post. That is it, now starting filling the row and columns, and you can add new rows or column into existing table anytime. You can always click on tables > Table properties and define the background and border color to beautify it.
Don’t limit yourself with only adding tables using this plugin, as there are more advanced formatting feature which you will love after using this plugin. Here are few features which I liked the most:
- Font size: Select ant text and you can define the font size of the text.
- Subscript and superscript.
- Background color : Select any text and add background color to it.
- Horizontal line: With one click add a horizontal line.
As I mentioned above this plugin should be a part of WordPress core features, and since it’s not, go ahead and install it to enjoy advanced formatting in WordPress. If you know of similar plugin do let me know via comments.
Tip: If you are using Windows live writer, you can use it to add tables into your posts. Here is the tutorial for the same.