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TableTools (previously TableSort)

June 16th, 2006 at 4:00am — Rating: Firefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointFirefox pointLink

Last week, the TableTools Firefox extension was brand new and I looked at it as a patch. I was wrong. This week, I will do a full review of the extension in lieu of what happened last week.

The author, Mingyi Lui, has done a great job with this extension. Install the extension and find a site that has a table to test drive this puppy. Mingyi has a test table in the demo area, but I prefer to use a real world table. Let's hit the Fortune 500 list.

The TableTools Firefox extension use the following keyboard shortcuts to accomplish certain tasks dealing with tables.

Keyboard Shortcut Task
CTRL-ALT-left mouse click Sorts the table column you clicked.
CTRL-SHIFT-left mouse click Performs an "AutoFilter", similar to Excel
CTRL-Z-left mouse click Copy the table as left-justified tab-delimited text (for copying over to Excel)
CTRL-Q-left mouse click Same as above, only the text is not left-justified.
CTRL-E-left mouse click Copy the HTML of the table content.

As you can see, the TableTools Firefox extension has quite a lot of flexibility and I'm sure that this extension will become helpful to data miners, accountants, and possibly bloggers for sorting their profit columns.

The extension is pretty solid and I haven't had any problems with it since installation. It performs as expected and is definitely better than a patch. :-)