A table can be configured with a tall header with large hero numbers (if the count of some type is important to know at a glance) or with a compact header if vertical space is at a premium.
Filters, to narrow what is displayed in the table, may be presented in the header as Drop Down menus, as a Segmented Button, or as an Input Field. If it is critical that the user knows that not all data is displayed, a warning may be shown when filters are applied.
While filters are often related to the data types displayed in columns, it is not recommended that filters be activated directly from the column headers or displayed there. Filters selected through a combination UI elements in the header can be more expressive and focused by combining and highlighting key data types.
Sorting is accomplished by clicking in a column header. The sort order (ascending or descending) is indicated by a arrow. A second click in the currently sorted column changes the sort order.
Selection and Action
Tables use a familiar Selection/Action model. Selection is accomplished by clicking in a row. Multiple selection can be enabled by adding a selection column of Checkboxes. Action Buttons may appear in an inline detail area or in a footer.