Featured Wiki Article: How to Create Quick and Basic Tables for TechNet Wiki


Welcome to our Tuesday article spotlight!

Have you ever wanted to create quick and basic tables in TechNet Wiki?

Check out this article here from Trace Young :

Wiki: Create Quick and Basic Tables Using the Wiki HTML Editor

This will create a simple table with a specific table width, specific column widths, a header row and borders around all the cells in the Wiki HTML Editor.

Use the code (in the article above) to get tables like this one:

HeaderRow, Column1, Width is 300 pixels HeaderRow, Column2, Width is 250 pixels
Row2, Column1 Row2, Column2
Row3, Column1 Row3, Column2

 

I also wrote out a very basic process for pasting a table from Excel:

Wiki: How to Paste a Table from Excel into TechNet Wiki

Here is the current version (click the link above to get the ever-evolving and latest version):

Sometimes you can just paste a table from Excel into the main Design tab of TechNet Wiki and be done.

However, if your table is too wide and has too many columns, then it won’t fit in the Wiki article’s page width. It’s possible to add a scrollbar to your table, but having to scroll the table in order to read it is a poor experience. It’s better to fit all the columns on one page (or delete some columns so that they all fit).

If your table doesn’t fit, then here’s a preferred process…

1. Copy from Excel.

2. Paste into Word.

3. Tweak the table inside of Word until it fits within 6 inches wide.

4. Copy it from Word.

5. Paste into Wiki (main Design tab).

 

Have a great Tuesday!

   – Ninja Ed (Blog, Twitter, Wiki, Profile)

Comments (6)

  1. So, I've had some troubles doing valigning within a wiki table. Is it possible to change this dorectly, or do you need to copy the table from word?

  2. Margriet, not in the Design tab. You'll need to do it in the HTML tab (which might be time consuming if you're experimenting with different sizes). So that's why the Word process is recommended for faster formatting. Thanks!

  3. I've had some issues with tables every now and then, however I'm well familiar with HTML so that sure helps me every now and then. Even sometimes the HTML is so messed up that I take it into Visual Studio to clean it up. 🙂

  4. Tord,

    That's certainly an option. Some take it into Visual Studio, Expression Web, Frontpage, or Windows Live Writer to format it better.

    I've noticed that copying it into Word formatting, and then copying into the Wiki seems to work now. It's strange. I never would have recommended that back in 2010 (translations from Word weren't working so hot), so I think the platform is improving.

    Thanks!

  5. Monica Rush says:

    Thank you, Trace! People ask for help with tables, so it is very good to have this handy.

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