Customizing your short table

Once you have uploaded your dataset into Datawrapper and selected the short table, you can customize the appearance. Let us show you how to make a beautiful chart in three simple steps.

This guide will walk you through the steps necessary to create a short table as seen above.

1. Refine

The sorting options let you define whether you want to sort the table yourself and thereby guide the reader or support the angle of your story. Alternatively, you can select "Make columns sortable for readers". If the reader now clicks on a column the table as whole will resort based on the ranking of the values. It is possible to sort the table highes to lowest or the other way round lowest to highest, all with simple clicks on the top of the short table. This is an important feature allowing users to examine the data from a range of different perspectives themselves. Many will do so, to see different angles and come to a conclusion.

Besides various highlighting options, we select "Stripe table" in the "Display" options to add an alternating contrast to each row of the table.

2. Annotate

In this tab you can edit the  titledescription (sub-title), and add notes. Make your data accessible and explorable by stating the source name and providing its URL.

In this case, we decided to highlight a certain element of the table, the CHANGE / NET % column.

3. Design

In this last step you can select a preset layout and enable social sharing functions to spread your work. Click on " Publish"and you'll be directed to the "Publish & Embed" page.

The best way to use a Datawrapper chart is by embedding it directly in your website. To do that, click the big blue button that says " Embed chart on website". Then, copy & paste the embed code snippet into your website or CMS. You can also download your chart as a PNG or PDF by upgrading to a paid Single or Team account. Click here for more information on the different pricing plans of Datawrapper.

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