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How to style tables and charts in Numbers for iPad

Get better-looking tables and graphs by customising their styles in Numbers for iOS

For creating spreadsheets, charts and tables on the go, there is no better choice than Apple’s Numbers app. The app lets you input data quickly and easily using keyboards that adapt for the kind of information you are adding. From here you can form this information into eye-catching graphs and charts that help you visualise your statistics, using the selection of pre-made templates and styles. You can then use the information and graphs in Pages and Keynote, but before you do anything with it you should format it to make it a little more interesting.


Numbers contains all kinds of formatting options, allowing you to quickly change styles with a tap or completely customise individual areas with your own selection of colours or gradients. You can even pull out specific areas of your graphs that you want to pay particular attention to, and recolour them using a series of preset styles. Alternatively, switch your chart or graph into 3D and you’ll be able to manipulate it with a single finger, moving the perspective point around and adjusting settings like chart depth to make your data look incredible. Creating charts for all your projects is simple in Numbers for iOS, and with the customisation options it offers, making them bright, interesting and unique is just as easy.

Create custom charts and tables


1 Styles

First, select your table and open the Table section of the Format menu to find the Styles options. Here, you can quickly change the look of your entire table based on six presets.

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2 Customise cells

To be more specific, select the cells you want to change in your table. Tap the Cell tab in the Format panel and use Fill Colour and Border Style to add colours and lines.

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3 Arrangement

When you’ve created a chart or graph, tap the Format button and choose Arrange to pick where the chart will sit compared to the other elements in your project.

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4 Titles and legends

Tap the Chart Options button at the bottom of the Format menu to add a title and legend to your chart or graph, or change the style of the graph to something like a bar or column.

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5 Chart text

Still in the Font Options section, you can use the controls to change the font and alter the size of the text for the titles and labels. The formatting will adjust automatically.

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6 Table text

You can, of course, alter the fonts and colours in your tables, too. Select the cells you want to change and tap the Format button, then Cell>Text Options.

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In-depth: Customise 3D charts

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