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Javier Chávez Dec 07, 2016 08:48AM PST

How do I add color to a cell or cells in a table? I want to highlight a cell in table so that when I look at it, it jumps out as an important cell.

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Valya Dec 07, 2016 11:03PM PST OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hi Javier,

Thanks for reaching out!

You can highlight text in the cells, but not the cells themselves.
Do you think you can use text highlighting for your purpose?

If not, I will add your requests on cell colouring to my list.
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Satome Dec 14, 2016 03:05PM PST

I would also like to have the ability to color the cells themselves. As I work a lot with longer tables normally I use (right now in OneNote) both methods: cell coloring for headlines and highlighted text for displaying text where bold/italic etc. is not enough or just not separable enough.

A quick example:
comparing items of three companies. Red = highest price, yellow = mid price, green = lowest price.
I normally would color the cells of company 1 to 3 as a headline and highlight the text depending on the code: cheapest/mid/highest. I do not color the text itself because of bad reading contrast.

company 1 company 2 company 3
item 1 12$ (green) 24$(red) 15$ (yellow)
item 2 15$ (yellow) 14$ (green) 18$ (red)

Color coded in that way you can often see quickly which company is the cheapest. I hope this little demonstration is able to convince you guys to put it in one of the next updates.
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Valya Dec 14, 2016 09:59PM PST OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hi Satome,

Thank you so much for detailed description!
It is really useful to know how users want to work with the new features.

I will forward everything to the team and we will discuss the possibility to include something new to our table edit features.

Feel free to keep an eye on our progress with our social net accounts:
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Satome May 01, 2017 02:44AM PDT
Hi AlenaZ,

after half a year and some updates later I still can't color code cell backgrounds. Do you have any idea if this will be able in the next months?


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Valya May 09, 2017 09:35PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hi Satome,

Sorry for delay with my reply!

During the next couple of months we'll be working on couple of new features and improvements (export / import to PDF).
At the moment I don't have any information on the new edit functions for tables in Outline.
The only improvement for the tables if the same "Export to PDF": once we finish, the tables will export correctly, without the app cutting them in random places.

I will ask the devs if we can include some new tables edit options to the next release plan.
Stay tuned!
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Satome May 18, 2017 09:58AM PDT
Hi AlenaZ,

thanks for you reply. I am always amused to hear about "new fantastic features" as log as "basic features" aren't implemented. I'd like to say: first steps first - and first step for me is:

1. Editing. This means to me gathering informations, the keyboard is not the only input device, there is the internet, from marking text and right-click it to send it to outline or copy whole websites, scanning documents and so on. And I talking about text, pictures, charts, music files, videos... - and, of course tables :-). Basic spreadsheet functionality would also be nice (add, multiply, sum numbers). And you can bet your life on formatting all that stuff.

2. "Do something" with a note: well, printing to paper, print it to a file, email it, store it online (for example dropbox, icloud...)

3. Security. Have the possibility to hide and/or encrypt notes or whole directories with their subdirectories.

4. After that basics (and that's just a quick brainstorming) you can think about "new fantastic features".

I surely will stay tuned. i like the program but missing some "basic features" to work seriously with.
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Valya May 18, 2017 10:45PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Thank you so much for your comment.
I'm copying it to my 'user feedback' subpage of feature requests :)

2. We actually have PDF for exporting notes: you can print them right after export and you can send them with email from inside the app.
Additionally we're finishing the "publish pages" feature. Once we release it, you'll be able to generate the PDF of your page, this PDF will be uploaded automatically to your Dropbox and you'll get the link to it right from inside Outline.

3. We have current password protection feature. Have you tried it?
Or is it about some additional file encryption?
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Satome May 30, 2017 03:16PM PDT

thanks for your feedback.

2. Well, I use PDF exports not very often, but I'm happy to be able to. But automatically uploading the generated PDF to my Dropbox is a great idea.

3. I didn't use password protection feature yet, but I will, as soon as I am able to transfer all of my notes (and there is the problem with missing highlighted table cells again :-) ).
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Valya May 30, 2017 09:49PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand

Thank you for your reply!

You can test "Create Public Link" feature in iPad and iPhone Outline right now.
Update your Outline for iOS to the latest 3.19.2 version > tap the page tab in page list > Create Public Link.

We will release this feature on Mac in the next 3.20 version.

Feel free to write if there are any other questions on Outline's performance.
I will help!
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Vernon Jan 09, 2018 06:01AM PST

I would also like to see background colour changes enabled for tables and cells.

This would automatically give the ability to background parts of pages (using a single cell table), which is a common solution in onenote.

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Peter Hartman Apr 06, 2018 11:09PM PDT
I would like to see background cell colouring as well. The very first thing you do when you create a table is to start with a title / heading row don't you ? And you want that to stand out a bit so give that row a light-grey background color. Sometimes I have the same requirement for a column.
We really do not this very common feature.
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Satome Oct 20, 2018 02:08AM PDT

after two years of waiting, is there any chance that you're going to improve your table in the near future?

best regards

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Outline Oct 21, 2018 10:24PM PDT OUTLINE Helping Hand
Hi Satome,
thanks for your interest.
We are planning to get updates running again, since there was nothing new added recently. Right now there are some more urgent fixes and features on the way, because Outline is, on the first place, a note taking app and right now there are some vital functions to implement. However, the task with tables is not crossed out of our list. We'll see what we can do.

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