Images in Tables

It is possible to show images in the cells of a table visualization. A Spotfire analysis or information link can contain a data table with images that will be shown in the column in the table visualization.


If the column values are on the form of a URL you can also retrieve images from another location. Use Image from URL as the selected Renderer to display linked images.

 Another way of including pictures in the table visualization is if the column is a virtual column, collecting the images from a remote data source. For more information on virtual columns, see the Virtual Columns page.


The images must be drawn using a renderer. All columns can be shown as an image depending on the renderer, but the most common data type for images is binary data. If a binary column containing images has been set to use the wrong renderer, "[...]" will be shown in the cells of the column. It is then possible to change the renderer manually.

  1. Right-click on the table visualization and select Properties.

  2. Select the Columns tab.

  3. Select the column containing the images.

  4. Select Image from the Renderer drop down list.

  5. Click Close.

It is also possible to change the default renderer for different content types from the Tools > Options menu. This will affect all future table visualizations, and can be useful if you know that you always want a certain column with a specific content type to be rendered the same way. For more information, see the Renderer Settings dialog.

Row height

By default, the height of the rows in the table visualization may not be suited for showing images. It is therefore possible to manually change the height of the rows.

  1. Right-click on the table visualization.

  2. Select Row Height and a number from the list.
    Comment: Specifying the number 2 will make the row twice as high as the standard height, and so on.

  3. Select More....

  4. Enter a number in the Properties page.

  5. Click Close.
    Response: All rows in the table visualization change height.

Copy the image

It is possible to copy the images from the table. To do this, right-click on the cell with the image and select Copy Cell > Image.

If the table contains images, these will not be exported if the table is exported to a text file or a Microsoft Excel file.


Note: Remember that your internet options settings affect the table visualizations and the text area, so if you have trouble viewing images, make sure that Show pictures is enabled in your web browser.

See also:

What is a Table?

How to Use the Table

Virtual Columns

Details on Renderer Settings