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Add and modify table frames

Table frames are containers for tables on your page. Table frames can point to any map or scene in your project. The table's fields can be added or removed from the table at any time and the table frame will update automatically on the layout. Format modifications can be made to the entire frame or to individual fields by selecting them in the Contents pane.

Table frames are dynamic. This means that any time the extent of the map frame is changed, the table frame updates to only show fields visible in the map frame's extent.

Insert a table frame

To insert a table frame, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Contents pane, select the layer you want to use to create the table.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Map Surrounds group, click Table Frame.
  3. On the layout, draw a rectangle to define the limits of the table frame.

Display fields

Only the first 10 fields are displayed. The visibility setting for each field is honored. When fields are dropped from the table frame, the overflow indicator appears. If a field is missing that you expect to see, adjust the size of the table frame and check the field's visibility in the Contents pane. If necessary, switch its visibility it by checking its check box.

Add dropped fields

To add fields that were dropped from the table frame, complete the following steps:

  1. In the Contents pane, right-click the table frame and click Add field.
  2. Select a field from the menu.
  3. Optionally, to change the order of the fields in the table frame, in the Contents pane, expand the table frame and drag them to the desired locations.

Edit fields

Table frame fields use the formatting (aliases, significant digits, and so on) that are set up in the fields view. To edit the fields, complete the following steps:

  1. Right-click the table frame and click Open.
  2. On the View tab, in the Field group, click Fields.
  3. Make the appropriate changes.

For more information, see Add and modify table frame fields.

Source and query

Tables display layers in the map frame. Here you have the options to show all records or only records for features that are visible in the map frame's extent.

Dynamic tables and map series

Table frames are dynamic and can be used as part of your map series. A map series is a collection of map pages (also known as map sheets) built from a single layout that represents a geographic area. For example, a spatial map series might contain an individual map for each county in a state, each country in a continent, or each parcel in a subdivision. When the map series functionality is enabled, the table dynamically updates as the extent of the map changes.

For more information, see Create a map series.

Modify a table frame

You can modify a table frame by selecting the table frame in the Contents pane and clicking the Table Frame Format tab on the ribbon. Here you can modify the text symbol and its size and position. Additional options are available by right-clicking the table frame in the Contents pane and clicking Properties. To modify individual fields, see Add and modify table frame fields.

Options

In the Format Table Frame pane, the following can be set under Options:

  • General—Change the name of the table as it appears in the Contents pane, switch its visibility, and lock it on the layout.
  • Query—Show all records in the table frame or only those visible.
  • Fields—Modify field appearance and display properties for multiple fields. For more information, see Add and modify table frame fields.
  • Source—Choose the map frame the table references. You can show all records, only records for features visible in the map frame's extent, or, if Map Series is enabled, show single records for each index feature. For stand-alone tables, Map Frame can be set to None.

Table frame arrangement

The arrangement of the fields in the table frame can also be arranged.

Fitting strategy

By default, fields take up the entire frame. The fields expand or compress as you resize the table frame, and the table frame expands or compresses when fields are added or removed. The following fitting options change the behavior of the table and its items:

  • Adjust font size— Adjusts the table to fit the frame by automatically reducing the font size and or increasing the number of frame columns. You can set the minimum font size along with the maximum number of frame columns and the application will reduce the font size up to the minimum size and or increase the number of frame columns up to the maximum value as needed.
  • Adjust columns— Adjust the table to fit the frame by automatically flowing rows to multiple frame columns.
  • Adjust columns and font size—Adjusts the table to fit the frame by automatically flowing rows to multiple frame columns and reducing the font size. You can set the minimum font size and the application reduces the font size up to the minimum size as needed.

Note:

If a column does not fit when you finish your fitting strategy, the entire field will be dropped from the table frame. For example, if a table frame item contains 15 fields but only 10 fields fit, the entire field will be dropped. When this occurs, you will be unable to add items to the table frame even if another field in the list will fit. Keep this in mind when ordering items in the table frame. If any items are dropped from the table frame, the none symbol Overflow appears.

When fitting a field into the frame, column settings for individual fields are respected unless Adjust columns has been selected as the fitting strategy. With Adjust columns selected, column settings for fields are overridden and a new column is created whenever the entire height of the table frame is filled.

If Adjust font size is selected, table contents are compressed in an attempt to fit more items into the table until a minimum font size is reached. Once this font size is reached by any field, the table will begin dropping fields that do not fit.

The fitting strategies that adjust font size include an option to specify the Minimum font size threshold, so as the table frame is adjusted, the font size will never be smaller than the size you specified.

Sorting

Sorting is an efficient means of organizing your data in alphabetical or sequential order, which can help you better understand your data. You can discover the largest and smallest values or perhaps the most and least significant features in the table. When sorting a column's values in ascending order, the values are ordered from A to Z or from 1 to 10. In descending order, a column's values are arranged from Z to A or from 10 to 1. To add fields to sort, click the Add button Add. With multiple fields, you can interactively sort by using a table sorting dialog box, which makes it easier to sort more than one column. Use the custom sort box to sort based on multiple fields, clear the current sort order of the table, or make a case-sensitive sort.

Spacing

Gaps allow you to specify the vertical and horizontal spacing between table frame elements. The following options can be adjusted by changing their point value:

  • Columns—The gap between each column
  • Headings and rows—The vertical gap between the heading and rows
  • Text and border (horizontal)—The horizontal margin of the text
  • Text and border (vertical)—The vertical margin of the text

Display

The table, its frame, heading, rows, and fields can also be symbolized individually. Each border, background, and shadow can be formatted to your specifications using the following options:

  • Table Frame—The symbol of the frame's border, background, and shadow symbols can be modified and, if desired, their corners rounded. X and Y gaps allow you to specify the vertical and horizontal spacing between elements.
  • Table—The text symbol for all text in the table, all borders around each cell, and the border around the column frame can be specified.
  • Heading—Add a border, add or modify the underline symbol, as well as add or modify a background for all headings.
  • Rows—Set a border around each row. Backgrounds 1 and 2 allow you to alternate background colors for a more effective reading of the table.
  • Fields—Modify field appearance and display properties for multiple fields. For more information, see Add and modify table frame fields.

Placement

The table frame's size and position can be modified by adjusting the width, height, X and Y position, and rotation. To preserve the aspect ratio when selected elements are resized, click the link button.

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