When you select a cell, the border of the selected cell is highlighted.

Selecting a cell also displays reference tabs along the top and sides of the table.

To select a single table cell:
  1. Move the pointer over the cell. The pointer changes into a white cross.

  2. Click the cell.

    When a cell is selected, use the Tab, Return, and arrow keys to move the selection to an adjacent cell. Deselecting “Return key moves to next cell” below Table Options in the Table inspector changes the effect of the Return and Tab keys. Deselect the checkbox if you want the Return key to act like a carriage return within the cell, which is most useful when you type paragraphs of text in a cell.

To select
If “Return key” option is selected
If “Return key” option isn’t selected

The next cell to the right

Press Tab.

If you press Tab when the last cell in a column is selected, a new column is added.

If you add or change data in the last column, press Tab twice to add a new column.

Press Tab.

If you press Tab in the last column, the first cell in the next row is selected.

If you press Tab in the last cell of the table, a new row is added.

The previous cell

Press Shift-Tab.

Press Shift-Tab.

If you press Shift-Tab in the first cell, the last cell is selected.

The next cell down

Press Down Arrow or Return.

If you’ve been using the Tab key to navigate between cells, pressing Return selects the next cell down from the cell in which you started tabbing.

If you press Return when the last cell in a row is selected, a new row is added.

If you add or change data in the last cell, press Return twice to add a new row.

Press Down Arrow.

The next cell up

Press Up Arrow or Shift-Return.

Press Up Arrow or Shift-Return.

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