Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Chapter 19
Able Tables
In This Chapter
Understanding tables in Word
Creating a table of any size
Selecting items in a table
Converting between text and a table
Formatting the table
Adding or inserting rows and columns
Applying table quick styles
Removing tables
Word processing is a linear task. Characters flow into words, which flow into sentences, which form
paragraphs. You start reading here and end up there. It’s basic stuff. That is, until the information
you’re trying to organize is best presented in a grid. That’s when you need to summon a table in your
Sure, you can cobble together a grid of text by using tabs and fancy paragraph formatting, but it’s best
to let Word do the work. This happens by employing the Table command, which I believe you’ll find
far easier than assembling that build-it-yourself furniture that comes from Scandinavia.
There’s a Table in Your Document
In Word, tables have an advantage over organizing information with rows and columns, courtesy of
the Tab key. That’s because a table is considered its own document element, one that Word
manipulates as a unit.
In a table, you can easily add, remove, or reorganize the rows and columns. You can format a table all
at once, using predefined formatting options. While you could do all that with tabs, the process would
undoubtedly drive you insane. You probably don’t want to go insane, so I highly recommend using
Word’s Table command any time you need to present information in a grid of rows and columns.
Before you venture into Table Creation Land, I recommend that you peruse these points:
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