I have read Built-in Table Editor, and searched apropos-function org table for top, bottom, beginning, and end. I found org-table-beginning-of-field, but not anything like org-table-beginning-of-table.

M-{ is bound to org-backward-element, so inside a table it doesn't go back a paragraph but just a line.

C-M-a is still bound in org-mode to beginning-of-defun, which inside a table just goes up one line.

Is there some standard text-mode key binding that gets you to the top of the table that I haven't thought of trying yet? There must already be a way to do this?

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Not that I know of, but Org mode provides the ingredients to roll your own easily:

(defun org-table-goto-beginning ()
  (goto-char (org-table-begin)))

(defun org-table-goto-end ()
   (goto-char (org-table-end)))

(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "C-c t b") #'org-table-goto-beginning)
(define-key org-mode-map (kbd "C-c t e") #'org-table-goto-end)

Both of these assume that when they are called, point is within a table. Both could probably use some error handling if that is not the case.

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