I created a 3x3 table via menu Insert > Table/Matrix > New..., but afterwards I cannot add a new line or column. The tool doesn't add a row of 3 columns, but a row of one column at the end; when adding a new column, it adds at the end of the whole table.

Is there any way to modify a table via menu operations without shooting my brains out (Microsoft Word is so easy to modify a table)?

Update (2015-8-10): Now can add rows and columns; all I had to do was to restart Mathematica since it was bugged. There is still one annoying issue. When I write, it writes in the middle of the column, instead on the left.

How can I make it align the text to the left?

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You see on line 203 it writes in the table in the middle (original image is here). :(

I am almost there if I do the following: I use Grid["here goes your table", Frame -> All, Alignment -> Left]. The output looks good but it is read only. To fix it I have to put in the original table all text between "" which is a pain. Is there any better solution?

  • $\begingroup$ Use Ctrl-, and Ctrl-Enter. Please rewrite your question, make it to the point, and remove the cursing. $\endgroup$
    – Szabolcs
    Aug 3, 2015 at 13:20
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    $\begingroup$ If you like the Microsoft Word that much, why not to use it without any danger to the body, brains or not. If I make tables in Mma I usually do it programatically clean and easy, my body being perfectly safe. If you would like to try this approach, check Menu/Help/DocumentationCenter/Grid and refine your question, if necessary. Have fun! $\endgroup$ Aug 3, 2015 at 13:27
  • $\begingroup$ I am sure there is a real question in here somewhere, but I really could not understand it at all. I think the best thing would be to rewrite it more clearly, otherwise there is little chance of receiving help. I vote to close for now, but urge you to clarify the question so that it can be re-opened. $\endgroup$ Aug 11, 2015 at 22:30
  • $\begingroup$ Related: mathematica.stackexchange.com/q/57524 $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Aug 12, 2015 at 14:07
  • $\begingroup$ Possible duplicate: mathematica.stackexchange.com/questions/17004/… $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Feb 16, 2016 at 14:16

2 Answers 2


ctrl-, (comma) adds a new column at the column where you insertion point cursor is located. ctrl-return adds a row there. Just make sure you have the insertion point cursor (vertical blinking bar) visible in the matrix and you do not have selected anything.

  • $\begingroup$ I will try tomorrow. Now I am too nervous and I am afraid I will destroy my laptop by punching it $\endgroup$
    – TraceKira
    Aug 3, 2015 at 15:35
  • $\begingroup$ And... did it work for you now? $\endgroup$ Aug 7, 2015 at 10:43
  • $\begingroup$ i havent tried yet :( I must muster the courage $\endgroup$
    – TraceKira
    Aug 7, 2015 at 21:56
  • $\begingroup$ it worked now .... maybe i just needed a restart , that doesnt mean your answer is completeley useless $\endgroup$
    – TraceKira
    Aug 10, 2015 at 8:56
  • $\begingroup$ Where is this in the menus? $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Jun 10, 2019 at 21:34

You can use GridBoxOptions and set GridBoxAlignment via the Options Inspector. (See also tutorial/OptionsForExpressionInputAndOutput -- documentation is scarce.)

To set all items to be aligned left, GridBoxAlignment should be set to

GridBoxAlignment -> {"Columns" -> {{Left}}}

(Enter {"Columns" -> {{Left}}} in Value column for the option GridBoxAlignment.)


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I figure these things out by setting up a sample Grid they way I'd like and look at the cell expression (menu Cell > Show Expression).

Grid[IdentityMatrix[2], Alignment -> Left]

(*  Cell > Show Expression:
      {"1", "0"},
      {"0", "1"}
     GridBoxAlignment->{"Columns" -> {{Left}}},
     GridBoxItemSize->{"Columns" -> {{Automatic}}, "Rows" -> {{Automatic}}}],
    "Grid"]], "Output",

If you have a lot of such tables and you want them all to have the same style, then one should create a style in the stylesheet with the desired GridBoxOptions and so forth. Then the grid can be styled with the menu command Format > Style > Other....

Other GridBoxOptions may be found via Format > Option Inspector....

  • $\begingroup$ I am almost close to solution i use: $\endgroup$
    – TraceKira
    Aug 11, 2015 at 17:13
  • $\begingroup$ I want to do a similar thing but to create a darker line separating the row and column headers... but now after seeing how complicated it might be, I'm a bit scared to try! $\endgroup$
    – Michael
    Jun 10, 2019 at 21:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Michael Create your table in a cell. Select the whole table and just the whole table. Open the option inspector (menu Format). Enter Gridbox in the search field of the option inspector. Find GridboxDividers. You should see {} under the column labeld Value. Click it. The {} should be highlighted. Paste in {"ColumnsIndexed" -> {2 -> Directive[AbsoluteThickness[4], GrayLevel[0]]}, "RowsIndexed" -> {2 -> GrayLevel[0]}} or whatever color and thickness you want. This is better done via style sheets. On the whole, this sort of formatting is both possible and extremely cumbersome. $\endgroup$
    – Michael E2
    Jun 10, 2019 at 22:24

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