Website developers use tables to give web pages structure.  Tables are useful for firmly positioning text and photos.

Here’s an example of a table at work.   I’ve made a border around the table cells so you can see how it holds the two images and text in place:

Here’s some text that spans both of the cells.  This sort of layout would be very difficult to do in WordPress without the use of a table.

And here’s the same table without borders so you can see how a table seamlessly blends  into your page:

Here’s some text that spans both of the cells.  This sort of layout would be very difficult to do in WordPress without the use of a table.

WordPress doesn’t have a built-in tool for making tables. That brings us to the TinyMCE Advanced plugin.  This tool not only helps you build tables, it will assist you with font size, font family, images and more.

Once you download and install the plugin you may go back to your post editor, as I did, and expect to see new and wondrous choices.   If that happens you’ll be disappointed, as I was, to see that nothing has changed.  To actually add icons to your editing toolbar you need to click on “Settings” and then “TinyMCE Advanced” in the left-hand menu.

There you’ll see the array of tools that can be added to your WordPress editing area.   This includes a number of tools for dealing with tables. I’ve circled them in the image below.

You’ll also see a listing of your current tools.

Just click and drag the table tools (they move as a unit) onto your toolbar.

Save your settings and then you’re ready to add tables to your blog posts or pages.

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