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Table Properties

Release Date: 03-19-12

You can set table properties, including alignment, wrapping, row height, column width, and cell size, using the Tables Properties dialog box.

Alignment

There are nine styles of alignment; you can choose a style by following these steps:

(1) Place the insertion point anywhere in the table, and select Table Tools.

(2) In the Tables group, select Table Properties. You can also right-click and choose Table Properties from the opened shortcut menu:

format table dialog

Figure 2.3—9 The Format Table dialog box

(3) In the Tables tab, in the Alignment section, select one of the alignment styles.

(4) Click OK to exit.

Text Wrapping

The steps are as follows:

(1) Place the insertion point anywhere in the table and select Table Tools.

(2) In the Tables group, select Table Properties. Open the Format Table dialog box.

(3) In the Tables tab, in the Text wrapping section, choose Around.

(4) Click OK to exit.

text wrapping dialog

Figure 2.3—10 Text wrapping

Add Borders and Shading

You can insert different borders and shading based on your needs by following these steps:

(1) Place the insertion point anywhere in the table and find Table Tools.

(2) In the Tables group, select Table Properties. Open the Format Table dialog box.

(3) In the Tables tab,select the Borders / Shading option and open the Borders / Shading dialog box, shown as follows:

borders shading dialog

Figure 2.3—11 The Borders/Shading dialog box

(4) Select the Borders tab; choose Table from the Apply to drop-down list.

(5) In the Settings section, you can select the border pattern.

(6) In the Style group, you can assign the line style of the borders, such as the double-line option, at the same time; an effect figure will appear in the Preview section.

(7) In the Color group, you can select the color of the border. You can select the width of the border in the Width drop-down list.

(8) Click OK to exit.

table within border

Figure 2.3—12 A table with a border

To add different borders for different cells within the same table, for example to change the bottom border line of the sixth line of a table into a thicker line, follow these steps:

(1) Place the insertion point to the left of the sixth line of the table, when the cursor changes into an arrow, click to select the whole line:

 

add borders to cell

Figure 2.3—13 Select the cells to add borders

(2) In the Tables section, select the Table Properties option. Open the Format Table dialog box.

(3) In the Tables tab, select Borders / Shading, open the Borders / Shading dialog box.

(4) Select the Borders tab, choose Cell in the Apply to drop-down list.

(5) In the Settings group, select Custom.

(6) In the Style group, select single line. In the Color group, select Red from the drop-down list, and select 1.5 pt for the borders from the Width drop-down list.

(7) Click the Bottom border bottom borderbutton in the Preview section, or select Bottom border directly.

(8) Click OK to complete.

bold borders

Figure 2.3—14 Borders shown in bold