Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Neat Table Tricks
4. Select the Move with Text check box and click OK.
By selecting Move with Text, you make sure that the table stays with the
surrounding text when you insert or delete text.
5. Click OK in the Table Properties dialog box.
Using a picture as the table background
As Figure 4-12 demonstrates, a picture used as the background in a table looks
mighty nice. To make it work, however, you need a graphic that serves well
as the background. For Figure 4-12, I got around this problem by recoloring
my graphic (Book VIII, Chapter 3 explains how to recolor a graphic.) You also
need to think about font colors. Readers must be able to read the table text,
and that usually means choosing a white or light font color for text so that the
text can be read over the graphic. For Figure 4-12, I selected a white font color.
Book II
Chapter 4
Figure 4-12:
A
wellchosen
graphic
in a table
background
helps
indicate
what the
table is all
about.
Placing a graphic behind a table requires a fair bit of work, but the results
are well worth the effort. First you insert the graphic and perhaps recolor it.
Then you create the table. Lastly, you make the table fit squarely on top of
the graphic and perhaps group the objects together.
Follow these steps to place a graphic behind a table:
1. Insert the graphic, resize it, and format the graphic.
Book VIII, Chapter 3 explains how to insert and resize graphics. To insert
a graphic, go to the Insert tab and click the Pictures or Online Pictures
button. To resize it, drag a selection handle; make the graphic as big as
you want your table to be. To recolor a graphic similar to the job done
to the graphic in Figure 4-12, select the (Picture Tools) Format tab, click
the Color button, and choose an option.
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