Launched: Ability to expand cell for better writing

Hello everyone!

We just launched a way a more focused, roomier way to write cell content. This is great for writing longer form text, and still have it be structured in a table. We’ve already been using it for keeping structured meeting notes.

Check it out by editing a cell content, and clicking on the little icon that pops up in the bottom right hand side. Or use Command + Shift + E from the cell to expand it.

When you’re done editing just click outside of the modal, on the x, or on the save button.

Note that we don’t currently support collaborative editing on this cell, so if you see someone appear in your cell, it means they might be editing at the same time and you may override their changes. If you want, you can always choose to “cancel changes” for that reason.

Let us know what you think!

Helena j.


Great addition. Already am thinking of use cases.


@Helena_Jaramillo > This is pretty mind blowing. That said, the functionality doesn’t appear to be running in the doc I’m working on at the moment. Any idea why that may be?

Hi @Gordon_McArthur1, the change was rolling out across all our servers.

Try refreshing your documents now, and it should work!

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Would be nice to be able to insert images within the cells too.


Any possibility something similar could come to writing formulas?


That’s great to write on, I’ll be defenately using it! Although It would be great to have a cell format that allowed scrolling for longer texts, instead of a cell that gets huge and makes the table too large


I’ve been dreaming of this feature! Thanks for implementing.


Nice improvement! I just think it’s missing an important feature and that is to collapse the row in the table view. If I want to store some rich test I’m not able to because the table would be huge. I think it would make sense to have an option to show just the first row (unformatted).

Bez virů.


Awesome update - been waiting for this

Awesome! Thank you for listening to the community.

I noticed that the little icon also appears when you expand/open the detail form with layout. That’s great but I think the rich text editor should be enabled by default in this view (since you are already in a popup with lots of space, unlike the table view). So it shouldn’t be necessary to open yet another pop up if you want to use one of the buttons in the nice rich text toolbar. Or at least be configurable per field.

On a related note, this whole “Notes” functionality should have its own column type (separated from Text) to have better control over these particularities. For example, a “Note” type should also have the option to control whether you want to see multilines in a table/card view (depending on the content/purpose, it might be desirable to see multi line in the card view, but not in the table view)


I love it! This was something we really needed. Thank you!

Hi Helen

Can you please let me know what the hold up is on the ability to lookup doc to doc?

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Great feature! I know I’ll use it! A couple of questions:

  • what is the shortcut for Windows users?
  • it appears that this only works when I expand the row. I wish it would work in table view.

Thanks for the new feature!

Yesss! I’ve been waiting for this, thank you!

I agree that being able to add images into the mix and have it be a separate column type would make the feature perfect.

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Got it. Ctrl-Shift-E in Windows. And now it works in table view!

I love it much.

Helena Jaramillo via The Coda Community 於 2019年5月1日 週三 上午3:09寫道:

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Hey Helena,

That’s really a very helpful function which definitely makes my life easier. Has it deployed yet?


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Great addition. Have been wanting a way to keep more thorough notes in the tables.

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Very good new feature, it is hellpful!

An interest feature to think is transformate the coda doc in a canvas, not a doc made in lines like Word. It woulld be very interesting to combine informations and build Apps!


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