Tables display your answer in a format similar to an Excel spreadsheet.

In the table view, your search identifies attributes and/or columns, and presents them as a table. ThoughtSpot aggregates the results based on the level of aggregation that you specify in the search. For example, if you only type revenue, you see the total sum of revenue as a single number. If you include the keyword monthly, the results are broken down by month. From the column header, you can rename the column, or sort or filter the column. You can rearrange the column order of your table by dragging and dropping the columns, either from the table itself or from the Edit table: Configure menu. You can also change the column widths.

Rearrange column order

You can rearrange the column order of your table after adding all of your search terms.

To rearrange the column order:

  1. While viewing your answer as a table, click the column header you would like to move.
  2. Drag it across to its new position.

You can also rearrange the column order from the Edit table: Configure menu. Click the edit table configuration icon . Drag and drop the attribute or measure that you would like to move to a new position. The order of columns in the Configure menu reflects the column order of the table.

Drag and drop gif

Resize column widths

You can resize the column widths of your table after adding all of your search terms. Any adjustments you make to the column widths of your table are saved when you pin the table to a pinboard. To resize the column widths:

  1. While viewing your answer as a table, hover over a column border in the column header row.
  2. Click and drag the border to create your preferred column width.

Clip or wrap text

You can clip or wrap long text in a table cell, or on a table header. You can configure clipped or wrapped text for the entire table, or for each column individually.

When you clip long text, the table cells show only the beginning of the text. The rest appears if you increase the column width.

When you wrap long text, the table shows all the text in its cells by increasing the number of lines in the cells.

To clip or wrap text for the entire table, click the edit table configuration icon . Select Settings. Under text wrapping, choose wrap or clip.

Wrap or clip long text

To clip or wrap text for each column individually, hover over the column name and click the more options menu icon . Select text wrapping, and choose wrap or clip.

Clip or wrap an individual column

Number formatting

You can format the numbers in any table column based on a measure. This functionality allows you to change the category (number, percentage, or currency), units (auto, none, thousand, million, billion, or trillion), or method of writing negative values (-1234, 1234-, or (1234)).

To change the number formatting:

  1. Click the edit table configuration icon to the upper right of your table. The Edit table panel appears, on the Configure menu.

  2. Select the measure you want to format the values of, or the attribute whose column summary you would like to format.

    Select a measure

    The Edit panel for that column appears. Select Summary to format the column summary.

    You can also reach the Edit panel from the more icon that appears when you hover over a column name:

    Click number formatting

    On the table, the column that you are editing is highlighted in a blue box.

    The edit panel

  3. Under number formatting, you can edit the category, units, or method of writing negative values. Click the dropdown menus to select new values.

  4. Specify a category: number, percentage, or currency. If you select currency, you can select the type of currency: USD, AUD, EUR, and so on. If you do not pick a category, ThoughtSpot automatically picks the best category for your data.

  5. Specify units: Select none to see your data down to two decimal points, for example, or select millions to see labels rounded to the millions. If you do not specify units, ThoughtSpot automatically picks the best units for your data.

    Depending on the unit, you can also specify the number of decimal places, and remove or include the thousand separator.

    Unit, decimal places, thousand separator

  6. Specify the method for writing negative values: -1234, 1234-, or (1234). The default is -1234.

Number formatting gif

Conditional formatting

You can perform conditional formatting on both measures and attributes, within table cells and in the table summaries.

Refer to Apply conditional formatting.

Note that certain elements of conditional formatting are part of the Answer V2 feature set, which is in Beta. These elements include conditional formatting for table summaries and improved conditional formatting for attributes and measures in table cells. To turn Answer V2 on, contact ThoughtSpot Support.

Sort columns

You can sort a table by column values by clicking on the column title. If you hold down the SHIFT key, you can sort on multiple column titles at a time. This is especially useful for date columns. For example, if you search for sales by week and by quarter, and just sort the quarterly column, the weeks are not in order:

Sort - quarterly

If you press SHIFT and then click on the weekly column header, the weeks are in order, by quarter:

Sort - weekly

You can achieve this from the search bar, as well, by adding sort by date quarterly and sort by date weekly.

Tables automatically have footers that tell you the number of rows the table has. You can enable or disable this footer from the Settings menu.

  1. Click the edit table configuration icon to the upper right of your table. The Edit table panel appears, on the Configure menu.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select table footer to enable or disable it.

    Enable or disable table footer

Column summaries

For columns with numeric information, you can turn on column summaries that display column totals. These summaries are visible by default.

Enable or disable column summaries

  1. Click the edit table configuration icon to the upper right of your table. The Edit table panel appears, on the Configure menu.

  2. Select Settings.

  3. Select column summary to enable or disable column summaries for the entire table. You can also enable or disable individual column summaries, from the Summary section in a column’s Edit panel.

    Enable or disable all column summaries

    Enable or disable individual column summaries

Pin column summaries

You can pin column summaries to any Pinboard. Select the pin icon that appears when you hover over a summary.

Column summary aggregation

You can modify how you would like a column summary value to be displayed by clicking the dropdown on a summary and selecting a different type of aggregation. This aggregation menu is also available from the Summary section in a column’s Edit panel. For measures, the available aggregations are total, average, standard deviation, variance, min, and max. For attributes, the available aggregations are unique count and total count.

Table aggregate summary

The Table Aggregate summary appears when you use an aggregate function either through a formula or a search bar query, such as average of a measure. It recalculates the function for the entire table. In such cases, the Table Aggregate summary appears by default, instead of the “Avg” option, which does a second level of aggregation on top of the existing aggregation.

In the following example, the table aggregate is a result of the Average Revenue formula sum ( revenue ) / count ( ship mode ) which divides the total profit of each ship mode by the sum total count for that ship mode. ThoughtSpot recalculates that function for the entire table, taking the sum total profits of all ship modes and dividing it by the sum total count of all ship modes. Here, that results in a table aggregate average profit of 3.61M. The average summary option, by comparison, sums the average revenue for all ship modes and divides it by the number of ship modes (8), providing a less accurate average.

Table aggregate summary