How to Use Tables

Building a Table

The table view provides a tabular data visualization that exposes the underlying numbers and that can complement other types of visualizations, such as maps or line graphs.  They are essentially a chart type, available in the Style tab when the chosen columns support them.   As you would with making any chart, first choose your columns, and then choose a style for the chart. The “Table Style” icon appears at the bottom of the list.


A screenshot showing the table option in the chart style tab.


Table Size Limits

Once chosen, a table will display only the first 10 rows of a dataset.  This limit conforms to the best table design practices.  If your dataset has more than 10 rows, you can filter your table (just like any chart) to limit the number of rows. A table will display up to 5 columns (any more than 5 would render the table too difficult for the reader to follow).
Or, if your table is to meant to provide a summary view into other data, you can make the table data its own file.  This will give you more control over which values appear in your table.


A screenshot showing a table with three columns and four rows.


Column Order

The columns in the table appear in the order (left to right) that they are selected in the columns tab (top to bottom).

Row Order

The rows in a table can be ordered by the values in any column.  Click on the column header in the table to organize the rows by that metric in ascending order.  Click again to change the order to descending.

If you prefer, you can reorder the rows by clicking on a different column header. If your data are text, the order will be alphabetical or reverse alphabetical.


Tables in Stories

To display a table in a story, choose the “ADD TO STORY” option just like with any visualization.  If a table is too large to display in the space chosen for the visualization, scroll bars will appear on the side and/or bottom of the table.


A screenshot showing sliders on the sides and the bottom of a table. These sliders become active once the story is previewed or published.


Once a story is published, readers will be able to interact with the table by reordering rows and moving the sliders.


If you have additional questions, please contact LiveStories support (


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