The cells_body() function is used to target the data cells in the table body. The function can be used to apply a footnote with tab_footnote(), to add custom styling with tab_style(), or the transform the targeted cells with text_transform(). The function is expressly used in each of those functions' locations argument.

cells_body(columns = TRUE, rows = TRUE)



The names of the columns that are to be targeted.


The names of the rows that are to be targeted.


A list object with the classes cells_body and location_cells.


When using any of the location helper functions with an appropriate function that has a locations argument, multiple locations can be targeted by enclosing several cells_*() helper functions in a list(). The following helper functions can be used to target cells (roughly in order from the top to the bottom of a table):

  • cells_title(): targets the table title or the table subtitle depending on the value given to the groups argument ("title" or "subtitle").

  • cells_stubhead(): targets the stubhead location, a cell of which is only available when there is a stub; a label in that location can be created by using the tab_stubhead() function.

  • cells_column_spanners(): targets the spanner column labels, which appear above the column labels.

  • cells_column_labels(): targets the column labels.

  • cells_row_groups(): targets the row group labels in any available row groups using the groups argument.

  • cells_stub(): targets row labels in the table stub using the rows argument.

  • cells_body(): targets data cells in the table body using intersections of columns and rows.

  • cells_summary(): targets summary cells in the table body using the groups argument and intersections of columns and rows.

  • cells_grand_summary(): targets cells of the table's grand summary using intersections of columns and rows


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# Use `gtcars` to create a gt table; add # a footnote that targets a single data cell # with `tab_footnote()`, using `cells_body()` # in `locations` (`rows = hp == max(hp)` will # target a single row in the `hp` column) tab_1 <- gtcars %>% dplyr::filter(ctry_origin == "United Kingdom") %>% dplyr::select(mfr, model, year, hp) %>% gt() %>% tab_footnote( footnote = "Highest horsepower.", locations = cells_body( columns = vars(hp), rows = hp == max(hp)) ) %>% opt_footnote_marks(marks = c("*", "+"))