Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Resize Rows and Columns
Resize Rows and Columns
To resize a column, drag the border between that column and the one to its right. When
the mouse pointer is over a column border, it changes to a double-headed arrow with a line
between the arrows. Alternatively you can specify an exact size by clicking in the column,
and then on the Table Tools Layout tab, set a value in the Cell Size group. Do the same for
row heights. For a better look at the gridlines, on the Table Tools Format tab, enable View
Gridlines. These appear only on-screen; they will not print.
You cannot resize a row or column to the point that its text content no longer i ts. (And the lines for the audience to
write on are made up of underline characters, which are considered text.) Therefore, you may need to resize the con-
tent or even delete some of it. For example, if you use a layout that includes blank lines, you’ll get several blank lines
in some of the cells. To make these cells narrower, you need to decrease the length of the lines i rst. To make these
cells shorter, you may need to delete one or more of the lines.
Turn On/Off Cell Borders
By default, all borders are turned off for all cells in the table. You can turn them on in a
variety of ways, but perhaps the easiest is to select one or more cells and then use the
Borders button on the Table Tools Design tab. Choose the button that has no borders (all
dotted lines) to turn all borders off again. See Figure 17.16.
One thing to note about these borders is that whatever you choose applies to the selected range, not to the individual
cells. For example, suppose you choose a range of cells that contains three rows and you apply a bottom border. The
border would be applied only to the bottom of the third row of cells.
Apply a Background
To apply a background to the entire page, use the Page Color button on the Page Layout tab
in Word. A palette of colors appears. The choices are much the same as in PowerPoint.
Word 2013 uses the same themes as PowerPoint. You can apply a theme to the document in Word to make it match
the formatting of the presentation in PowerPoint.
To apply a background to only certain cells, select the cells, and then on the Table Tools
Design tab, click the Shading button and select a color. This is a lot like applying a fi ll color
in PowerPoint.
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