Is it possible to create a non-dynamic/static table in a layout in ArcGIS Pro?

I would like to create a table to act as a revision box. If not a table, can text be entered with tabs and tab stops instead?

The only help I can find about tables relates to dynamic tables that populate automatically based upon the map.

  • Not an exact answer, but as a workaround, maybe maintain your table in Excel and add that to the layout? – Andy Oct 10 '18 at 12:54
  • Interesting idea, but how do you add an excel table to a layout? – George of all trades Oct 15 '18 at 12:03
  • See Adding a table to a layout. You needn't use Excel: you could also use any other type supported by Arc. – Andy Oct 15 '18 at 12:43
  • It's pretty clunky having to create a new dataset just contain revisions but I guess it would work. Have some issues with usability - some of my team still create a separate shapefile for each polygon... – George of all trades Oct 15 '18 at 13:01

To create a static table I would use graphic (line) and text elements, and then group the elements together on your layout.

If you are looking for something more like inserting a table in Word, then I think you may need to look for or post an ArcGIS Idea.

  • So the answer is static tables, tabs and tab stops are not supported? – George of all trades Oct 10 '18 at 10:06
  • My solution would not aim to support tabs and tab stops. If it is just designed as a quick and dirty pseudo-table element. – PolyGeo Oct 10 '18 at 10:14
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    The visual aspect is actually secondary - I am creating a template for use by myself and colleagues. "Quick and dirty" option of drawing lines and lots of text boxes is actually quite slow when it comes to having to adding new rows and likely to get screwed up by people using the template. I was interested in genuine native support. – George of all trades Oct 10 '18 at 11:25
  • A table without a fixed number of rows sounds dynamic to me. – PolyGeo Oct 10 '18 at 11:30
  • ESRI's concept of dynamic is data that is automatically populated - in the case of tables, from layer data or in the case of text environmental variables such as current time. In my case, the data would need to be input manually and would not update automatically. Hence describing it as "Static". – George of all trades Oct 15 '18 at 12:01

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