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Adding Tables to 3rd Generation

Adding Tables to 3rd Generation

We had a thread about adding tables to third generation emails but a moderator closed it saying now that we can use 5 columns that should solve the problem.


Guess what, it does not come close to solving the problem. There is no way to line up text except tables. adding columns does not work because the columns will not always display side by side.

CTCT Employee
Status changed to: Voting Open

@SamuelM8 Thank you for your post. We closed the original post after we launched the 5 column layout because it will solve some cases for some users.  We understand it will not solve all use cases.  We have opened this topic up for voting so we can better understand from the community the use cases that only tables will work.  We appreciate your feedback.

Looks attractive, but you took away some of the most important features!!! You cant make tables, and there's no search box to call up images you use. If I'm missing it, help me understand!
It's not easy. No more table to insert products and prices. No search box now, to call up images. Been with CC for long time, I'll need to try Mail Chimp. Making campaigns should be easier than this!
CTCT Employee

 @DavidM4963 Thank you for your feedback about how you would like to use tables in your campaigns.  We recently released a 5 column layout to address some cases where tables would be used.  I understand this may not work for your specific use case and will pass along your concern to our product team.

Occasional Advisor

I think the third generation editor is wonderful but there are a couple of features missing/removed from previous editors and one of them is the ability to add a table.

I send out a monthly calendar which I create using tables, and now that the editor has changed, I have to keep using an old template because the new editor won't allow me to create a table. So that ability would be nice to have back.

OR, at the very least, please include the ability to add a snippet of HTML code and then I could build my own table, as well as other things someone may want to add using HTML.


Thank you,

CTCT Employee
Status changed to: New

@Marisa_M Thank you for the feedback and use case for the ability to insert tables. We know the ability to add tables is useful and are tracking the feedback.

Occasional Participant

You've got to be kidding.  Can't put tables in Gen3 editor. 



Tables are very helpful and probably will keep me using the second gen interface for some time for newsletter.  Only way to line up text under pictures, aka "columns" on multiple "rows". 

Regular Visitor
1. Tables are needed in the build tab 2. HTML block needed in the build tab

I was wondering just that. I am trying to create a new template for our newsletter and am appalled that there is no table support. We put in our monthly calendar which we import from MS Word (I don't create it, just import it) and it mostly all lines up nicely and I just do little tweaks within CC to refine it. Now it looks like I can't. Very frustrating. I want to stay with the version of CC I am using because of the table issue.


Please do not make the "legacy" version go away! 


(MEL - newsletter editor)


Anyway I can go back to an older version so that I can get the table option?

CTCT Employee

@JosieB70 If you copy one of your older campaigns it will use the older editor. On your campaigns page look for one a campaign that says "Legacy Newsletter Email" under the campaign name and make a copy of it this will load the older editor and you can use that to build your new campaign.


 @Chris_L  the problem is I'm a new customer so I don't have an old campaign to work from. :frown: 


Our monthly newsletter always uses the table function for our MONTHLY CALENDAR. Surprise! 

Tables are very useful for sorting data into organized groups, such as in a calendar.


Here is the link to our monthly newsletter. The table is near the bottom.


Tables simply work. They have been a cornerstone of the WWW since the earliest days. I am disappointed that the ability to do tables as well as go into our HTML code for tweaking certain things like making a superscript ® mark doesn't exist in the new template. 


Either make tables and HTML editing available in the new editor or retain the 2nd generation editor that many of use like for the infinite duration. When something just simply works, it should not be broken. 


MEL for Assistance League of Hawaii / newsletter editor


Frequent Visitor

New user from MailChimp. Table support IS A MUST! If it worked well in previous generations of the editor, why take it away? A lot of us don't have time to go through and manually build tables from a four- or five-column template. Major strike against CC.

Frequent Visitor

So no tables - I get that. Has anyone figured out how to layout tabular data that needs to be displayed in an email? Any tricks or hits. The 5 column method doesn't work as when you switch to mobile view it stacks it and you can't follow tabular data. I prefer not to use a graphic because there are limitations with that method as well. 

Occasional Participant

I've used a print screen utility to capture a table as a .jpg. Usually the table is a small area of a spreadsheet.   Then upload the .jpg and insert.  Works OK for a small table.  (GreenShot is a very useful screen shot tool, easy to save a screen shot as a jpg image file).  Lousy solution, agreed, but ..... it works.

All Star



I have no tricks or hints. I tried creating tables, making a pdf and then inserting but found it way too time consuming every week. I just went back and am using my old templates.


Here is hoping Constant Contact will provide table support for the new year.

Occasional Participant

SamuelMB, help us out here. It's my understanding you "can't go back."  That is, you can't revert to Gen-2 composition editor if you are already on Gen-3 (which doesn't support tables).   So not sure what you meant by using your old template.  Could you (or Constant Contact) please clarify?


On another note, I capture Excel tables as a .jpg, not a PDF.   JPGs files are easily created out of Excel using a variety of screen shot utilities and easily made to appear as an image within the email.  PDF's can be a hot-linked ocument, but not so good to appear within the body. 

CTCT Employee

@VMC_Email-Manager Thank you for the comment. I apologize for any confusion. You are correct, you can no longer select 2GE templates. If you had an older campaign (Legacy Newsletter) that originally used the 2GE editor you could make a copy of that campaign and it would still use the 2GE editor.  I believe that @SamuelM8 is continuing to copy an older campaign to use the 2GE editor.