How to Create Tables in WordPress with TinyMCE

I’m often asked by people who aren’t HTML coders how they can get tables into their WordPress posts and pages. In this video, I demonstrate how this can be done most easily using a free WordPress Plugin – TinyMCE Advanced.

For more information on the TinyMCE Advanced Plugin for WordPress, please visit the plugin page at http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/tinymce-advanced/

About The Author

John

John is a Senior Solutions Engineer for a U.S. IT company, specialising in Software Defined IT Infrastructure. He has an extensive background in IT and spends way too much time sitting at his PC's, making videos for himself and other Internet marketers and dreaming of spending more time boating. He's also passionate about Jesus.

46 Comments

  • MrOllyhunter

    21st April, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Thanks John, good subject well explained.

    Cheers

  • JohnsTechBlog

    21st April, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @MrOllyhunter – Thanks for the comment – glad you liked the video! πŸ™‚

    Kind regards,
    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    21st April, 2011

    [..YouTube..] – Thanks for the comment – glad you liked the video! πŸ™‚

    Kind regards,
    -John.

  • Peggy Duncan

    24th May, 2011

    This is a great video on inserting tables into WordPress. I was using a different plugin but this one makes it so much easier. It’s closer to what I’m used to in Word. I’ve added this video to my Blogging playlist.

  • digitalbreakthroughs

    24th May, 2011

    [..YouTube..] This is a great video on inserting tables into WordPress. I was using a different plugin but this one makes it so much easier. It’s closer to what I’m used to in Word. I’ve added this video to my Blogging playlist.

  • John Landells

    25th May, 2011

    Thanks for the comment. It’s always nice to get feedback and hear that people are finding my videos useful! :)God bless,-John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th May, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @digitalbreakthroughs Thanks for the comment. It’s always nice to get feedback and hear that people are finding my videos useful! πŸ™‚

    God bless,
    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th May, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Thanks for the comment. It’s always nice to get feedback and hear that people are finding my videos useful! πŸ™‚

    God bless,
    -John.

  • Audionstudios

    24th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] This is great but when I center my table and give it a width , it does not work. The table remains on the left and the width does not apply. Any ideas why? thanks

  • John Landells

    26th October, 2011

    Many themes include CSS to format EVERYTHING! it could be that your formatting inside WordPress is being over-ridden by the theme’s CSS.Do you have Firefox installed? If so, it’s worth installing the Firebug plugin then you can explore EXACTLY what formatting is being applied, and where it’s coming from.Hope that helps! :)-John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @Audionstudios Many themes include CSS to format EVERYTHING! it could be that your formatting inside WordPress is being over-ridden by the theme’s CSS.

    Do you have Firefox installed? If so, it’s worth installing the Firebug plugin then you can explore EXACTLY what formatting is being applied, and where it’s coming from.

    Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    26th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Many themes include CSS to format EVERYTHING! it could be that your formatting inside WordPress is being over-ridden by the theme’s CSS.

    Do you have Firefox installed? If so, it’s worth installing the Firebug plugin then you can explore EXACTLY what formatting is being applied, and where it’s coming from.

    Hope that helps! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • Audionstudios

    26th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @JohnsTechBlog Thanks John. Very helpful reply. I will do that.

  • Audionstudios

    26th October, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Thanks John. Very helpful reply. I will do that.

  • Newtimetravel Claudia

    12th November, 2011

    Many thanks John regards from Romania !!

  • Newtimetravelclaudia

    12th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Many thanks John regards from Romania !!

  • Tito5014

    19th November, 2011

    Great video! I almost deactivated the TinyMCE table, but after watching this video it made making tables in WordPress easy. Thanks!!!

  • Tito5014

    20th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Great video! I almost deactivated the TinyMCE table, but after watching this video it made making tables in WordPress easy. Thanks!!!

  • John Landells

    28th November, 2011

    Great to hear that you found my video useful! :)-John.

  • John Landells

    28th November, 2011

    – You’re very welcome! :)-John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    28th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @Tito5014 Great to hear that you found my video useful! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    28th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] Great to hear that you found my video useful! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    28th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] @Newtimetravelclaudia – You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    28th November, 2011

    [..YouTube..] – You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

    -John.

  • Derek Hawkins

    18th January, 2012

    Good stuff John and easy to follow training.

  • masterkeyllc

    18th January, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Good stuff John and easy to follow training.

  • John Landells

    21st January, 2012

    Many thanks! πŸ™‚

  • JohnsTechBlog

    22nd January, 2012

    [..YouTube..] @masterkeyllc Many thanks! πŸ™‚

  • Brian Sterling

    8th February, 2012

    This is a fabo video great very informative helped me loads. Thanx m8 keep up the great work.

  • djflavadee

    9th February, 2012

    [..YouTube..] This is a fabo video great very informative helped me loads. Thanx m8 keep up the great work.

  • neon flux

    1st April, 2012

    Wow, nice one. Very helpful video, and clear too.

  • dsolarium

    1st April, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Wow, nice one. Very helpful video, and clear too.

  • John Landells

    7th April, 2012

    Always happy to be of help! πŸ™‚ If you’re looking for anything special, please stop by my blog and drop me a note – I’d be happy to make a custom video, if I can.-John.

  • JohnsTechBlog

    7th April, 2012

    [..YouTube..] Always happy to be of help! πŸ™‚ If you’re looking for anything special, please stop by my blog and drop me a note – I’d be happy to make a custom video, if I can.

    -John.

  • PeterRockmaker

    20th August, 2012

    Hi John,Your video is much clearer and to the point than many a rambling alternative.I did exactly what you did, tiny mce-wise, but my site doesn’t allow for resizing the tables as yours seems to do (that is the handles on the tables that expand and contract them in Edit mode)nor did it have that nice blue “full screen” mode, which enables editing in full screen with tables and other WYSIWYG functions.Is that to do with the Theme you select?How does one select a theme to do this?Cheers,

  • John Landells

    22nd August, 2012

    Hi Peter,What version of WordPress are you running?-John.

  • PeterRockmaker

    22nd August, 2012

    In one case 3.3.1 and in the other: whatever is immediately before 3.4.1, could be the same.Incidentally, I noticed in your video that your table justified left instead of centre as you had directed it: you appeared unconcerned…would that not be a fundamental problem if not remediable?

  • John Landells

    26th August, 2012

    It seems that in newer versions of WordPress, the handles are no longer available so you’ll need to play around with the sizing of the table through the dialog box. There were a few plugins that allowed you to size tables like this, but from my testing, none of them are working any more. I understand that the whole TinyMCE editor inside WordPress has had some recent updating which could explain it.On the other hand, the alignment works out of the box with the current version…! πŸ™‚

  • PeterRockmaker

    26th August, 2012

    What an amazingly retrograde step, John! An eminently useful function simply wiped..! The web moves in mysterious ways.My alignment problems persist with the new version, perhaps it is the Theme I am using. Again there seems to be no way of checking before you try, unless the Theme details are sufficiently detailed, which would appear to be rare.Unless I am looking in the wrong place, which is possible.

  • John Landells

    28th August, 2012

    Hi Peter,Send me a link to the page that you’re struggling to line up and I’ll check it out. You’ll need to use the contact form on my blog as links aren’t allowed in comments on YouTube. My blog is at w w w [dot] John Landells [dot] c o m.-John.

  • liefpandabeertje

    6th November, 2012

    How do I get the table lines to disappear? I want to put pictures in the table, but i don’t want any visible lines in my post. Can you help?

  • John Landells

    6th November, 2012

    You need to specify the styling for the table – essentially border=”0″ should do it, although you might have to resort to CSS to get it to work correctly!I’m putting a video together which shows some more advanced styling tricks – especially since some of what I demonstrated in this video stopped working in the latest WordPress release…!

  • AoneSpain

    10th January, 2013

    This is a great plugin, and thank you for creating this tube, I’ve been looking for a plugin like this for a while!Discovered that if you set the border to white (or whatever colour your background is), the lines disappear. Thanks again!

  • John Landells

    11th January, 2013

    You’re welcome! :)God bless,-John.

  • ItsVisto

    13th January, 2013

    Very helpful, thank you

  • John Landells

    14th January, 2013

    You’re welcome.God bless,-John.