Excel Table is a feature used for managing and analyzing data in a tabular format. This way, you can display data in a neat and concise structure, while also including filtering abilities, easy-to-use formatting and layout options, and automatically updating any formulas used in the table area. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to create a table in Excel, and also go over some tips and tricks. Below is a step-by-step breakdown.
1. Select a cell inside your data range
Begin by selecting a cell inside the range you want to convert into a table. Excel will automatically detect the table area and structure once you transform it.
Alternatively, you can simply select the entire range if Excel didn’t pick up all the fields you want.
2. Insert Table
You can convert your range into an Excel Table in two ways:
- Press the Ctrl + T shortcut combination.
- Go to Insert from the Ribbon, and then select the Table option.
3. My table has headers
When you are in the Create Table dialog, you will see the range of your table, as well as the My table has headers option. When My table has headers option is enabled, Excel will consider the first row of the data range as the header row. Otherwise, Excel will automatically insert a new row into your table that contains default header titles like Column1, Column2, etc.
4. Click OK
When you’re done, click OK to convert your data range into a table. Excel will also add some styling and header filters by default. Your table is ready!
As an optional final step, you can customize the style and layout of your table using the Design tab. For more information please see, Tips for Excel Tables.