When you start using MapInfo Pro, you quickly realize you need somewhere to store the data you are capturing. I often see users using the Cosmetic layer to store custom data about the business. The better way is to create tables to hold your data. And make one table for each data type instead of mixing them into a single table.
By separating your data into multiple tables, you can control what data you want to view on your map. You can also more easily run queries on your data, and control how to style the data in a map using a global style for the layer or through a thematic map. The table structure, with this I mean the columns in your table, will also be more "lean" if you don't mix different data types. And having your data separated into multiple tables gives you also better control of the draw order in the map.
Let me run you through the process of creating a new table, and give you a few tips on the way.
From the Table tab, you can access the New Table control which helps you make a new table.
First, you will be asked how to show the new table once it has been created. You can show it in a browser window, open it into a new map window, or add it to an existing map window if you already have one open.
Next, you can control how to create the table structure. You can create a new structure from scratch, or inherit the structure from an existing table. The latter is only possible if you have another table open. In the image below, I have no tables open so the Using Table option is disabled as I can't inherit the structure from another table.
If you have other tables open, you can pick one from the list Using Table, see below.
There is also a preference that controls your preferred table type and charset. Read more about this in 2: New Table n MapInfo Monday: 13 Preferences to check and configure in MapInfo Pro.
Now click Save to create the new table and open it into your preferred view. And now you can start adding data to your table.
You can always create a new table when you get the need. That new table is only a few clicks away.