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25.15 Editing Text-based Tables

The table package provides commands to easily edit text-based tables. Here is an example of what such a table looks like:

+-----------------+--------------------------------+-----------------+
| Command | Description | Key Binding |
+-----------------+--------------------------------+-----------------+
| forward-char |Move point right N characters | C-f |
| |(left if N is negative). | |
| | | |
+-----------------+--------------------------------+-----------------+
| backward-char |Move point left N characters | C-b |
| |(right if N is negative). | |
| | | |
+-----------------+--------------------------------+-----------------+

When Emacs recognizes such a stretch of text as a table (see Table Recognition), editing the contents of each table cell will automatically resize the table, whenever the contents become too large to fit in the cell. You can use the commands defined in the following sections for navigating and editing the table layout.

Type M-x table-fixed-width-mode to toggle the automatic table resizing feature.

Table Definition  What is a text based table.
Table Creation  How to create a table.
Table Recognition  How to activate and deactivate tables.
Cell Commands  Cell-oriented commands in a table.
Cell Justification  Justifying cell contents.
Table Rows and Columns  Inserting and deleting rows and columns.
Table Conversion  Converting between plain text and tables.
Table Misc  Table miscellany.