You may want to change the design of an Excel table or PivotTable, or refresh their data, or set some options for them. You've read a help topic that mentions a command on the Table Tools or the PivotTable Tools, but you don't see these tools.
If you don't see Table Tools or PivotTable Tools on your worksheet, do this:
Click any cell in the table or PivotTable.
If you've selected an Excel table, you'll see the Table Tools with a Design tab. If you've selected a PivotTable, you'll see the PivotTable Tools with an Analyze and a Design tab.