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Lesson 4. Elements of Page Design > Copying and Pasting Table Cells

Copying and Pasting Table Cells

You now have two tables—the first table contains titles for each column, and the second table contains the data. Now you want to combine the two tables. You can copy and paste multiple table cells at the same time, preserving the cell's formatting, or you can copy and paste only the contents of the cell.

Cells can be pasted at an insertion point or in place of a selection in an existing table. If you want to paste multiple table cells, the contents of the Clipboard must be compatible with the structure of the table or with the selection in the table into which the cells will be pasted.

In the biking_table.htm document, select all the cells in the second table by clicking the top-left cell and dragging across the cells to the bottom-right cell.

The selected cells are displayed with black borders.

Choose Edit > Copy or press Ctrl+C (Windows) or Command+C (Macintosh).

To be cut or copied, the selected cells must form a rectangle.

Click the first cell of the second row in the top table.

This cell is where the copied cells will be pasted.

Choose Edit > Paste or press Ctrl+V (Windows) or Command+V (Macintosh).

All the cells from the second table are inserted into the first table.


If you are pasting entire rows or columns, the rows or columns are added to the table. If you are pasting an individual cell, the contents of the selected cell are replaced if the clipboard contents are compatible with the selected cell. If you are pasting outside a table, the rows, columns, or cells are used to define a new table.

If you need to remove the contents of cells but leave the cells themselves intact, select one or more cells but not an entire row or column. Then choose Edit > Clear or press Delete. If you need to remove an entire row, drag across all the cells in the row to select it and press Delete. The row and all its contents will be deleted.

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