How to Easily Work With Excel Tables in the Mobile App

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If you find yourself working on-the-go in the Excel mobile app, you might struggle when it comes to tables. That tiny screen isn’t always sufficient for viewing table data, much less editing it. Luckily, there’s a feature that can help.

Microsoft introduced what’s called Cards View for working with tables in Excel on Android and iPhone. Using this feature, you can see portions of your table in full view. You can then add more data, make changes, and manage your table data easier; here’s how it works.

Open Cards View in Excel

To get started, open Excel on your mobile device to the sheet you want to use. Head to your table and select any cell within it. Tap the Cards View icon (a stack of cards) that appears at the bottom.

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You’ll then see cards for your table in full view. Simply scroll down to see all of the cards. To return to your original view at any time, tap the Table View icon (grid) on the bottom left.

Icons to open and close Cards View in Excel

Each row of your table is a card. You can see the row number on the top right and your row header as the main field for the card.

Table row to a card

And, each column in your table is a field on the card.

Table column to a card

Edit Table Data

To edit the existing data in the table, select the card containing the data you want to change. Tap the data, make your change, and select “Done” on the keyboard.

Edit card data

You’ll notice when you select a specific card, the Previous and Next buttons appear at the bottom. This allows you to move through each card and make additional changes easily.

Previous and Next buttons on a card

Tap the arrow on the top left to return to the main Cards View screen.

Add a Card

You can add a card, which is another row, to your table easily. To simply add a row to the end of your table and list in Cards View, tap the plus sign at the bottom.

Plus sign to add a card, row, to a table

To add a card in a specific spot, open either the main Cards View page or a card’s detail screen. Tap the three dots on the top right of a card. Select either “Insert Above” or “Insert Below.”

You’ll then see a blank card with your existing table fields. Enter your data and tap the arrow on the top left to go back. Your new data saves automatically.

Insert a card, row, above or below

Delete a Card

To remove a card, tap the three dots on the top right in Cards View or the card’s detail screen, pick “Delete,” and confirm by tapping “Yes.”

Delete a card

Warning: Keep in mind that removing a card deletes that row from your table.

Share a Card

You can share a card from Excel as an image. This is helpful if you want to save, send, or share certain table data. 

Shared Card image

Do one of the following to open the Share Card option:

  • On the Cards View screen, tap the three dots on the card and pick “Share Card.”
  • On the card’s detail screen, tap the three dots and pick “Share Card.”
  • On the card’s detail screen, tap the Share icon (enclosed arrow) on the top right.

Next, select “Continue to Share” at the bottom and choose a sharing method per your device’s sharing options.

Share a card

Edit the Table Structure 

In addition to editing your existing data or adding more as described above, you can change the current table fields (columns) and formatting.

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On the main screen for Cards View, select the Table Settings icon (grid with a gear) on the top right. You’ll then see the Field Label (column header) and Format for each piece of data.

Tap a Field Label to change the text or the Format icon to change the format.

Edit a field or its format

To add a field, either tap the plus sign at the bottom and enter the Field Label or choose a specific field type like general, text, or number using the Add Field section at the bottom.

Add a field, column, to a card

To remove a field from the table, tap the Delete icon (trash can) on the top right. Select the Delete icon to the right of the field you want to remove and then tap “Yes” to confirm the action.

Delete a field, column

Warning: Keep in mind that removing a field deletes that column in your table.

While working in Microsoft Excel can be easier on your computer, there may be a time when you have to use the mobile app. In these situations, keep Cards View for tables in mind.

For additional ways to use the Excel mobile app, look at how to insert data from a picture.