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Chapter 4: Constructing the Perfect Table
Chapter 4: Constructing
the Perfect Table
In This Chapter
✓ Understanding table jargon
✓ Creating a table and entering the text and numbers
✓ Changing the size of rows and columns
✓ Aligning table text in various ways
✓ Merging and splitting cells to make interesting layouts
✓ Decorating a table with table styles, colors, and borders
✓ Doing math calculations in a Word table
✓ Discovering an assortment of table tricks
The best way to present a bunch of data at one time in Word is to do it in
a table. Viewers can compare and contrast the data. They can compare
Elvis sightings in different cities or income from different businesses. They
can contrast the number of socks lost in different washing machine brands.
A table is a great way to plead your case or defend your position. Readers
can see right away whether the numbers back you up. They can refer to
your table to get the information they need.
As everyone who has worked on tables knows, however, tables are a chore.
Getting all the columns to fit, making columns and rows the right width and
height, and editing the text in a table isn’t easy. This chapter explains how
to create tables, enter text in tables, change the number and size of columns
and rows, lay out tables, format tables, and do the math in tables. You’ll also
discover a few tricks — including using a picture for the background — that
only magicians know. And to start you on the right foot, I begin by
explaining table jargon.
Talking Table Jargon
As with much else in Computerland, tables have their own jargon. Figure 4-1
describes this jargon. Sorry, but you need to catch up on these terms to
construct the perfect table: