Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Neat Table Tricks
2. Click the Layout Options button (it’s located to the right of the picture)
and choose Behind Text on the drop-down list.
Choosing Behind Text tells Word to put the graphic behind the text.
You can also go to the (Picture Tools) Format tab, click the Wrap Text
button, and choose Behind Text.
3. Insert the table and make it roughly the same size as the graphic.
These tasks are explained earlier in this chapter. To change the size
of a table, drag a selection handle on its corner or side. Place the table
nearby the graphic, but not right on top of it.
4. On the (Table Tools) Design tab, open the Table Styles gallery, and
choose Clear.
With the table styles out of the way, you can see the graphic clearly
through your table.
5. Enter the data in the table, select a font and font color, select a border
and border color, and align the text.
These tasks (except for selecting fonts) are described throughout this
chapter. The easiest way to choose a font and font color for a table is to
select the table, go to the Home tab, and select a font and font size.
6. Move the table squarely on top of the graphic and then make the table
and graphic roughly the same size.
Here are a few tricks that are worth knowing when you’re handling a graphic
and table:
If the graphic is in front of the table, select the graphic, go to the
(Picture Tools) Format tab, open the drop-down list on the Send
Backward button, and choose Send Behind Text.
To make the text in the table legible, use a light-colored font. As well,
use white or light-colored table borders so that the borders can be
clearly seen.
Drawing diagonal lines on tables
Draw diagonal lines across table cells to cancel out those cells or otherwise
make cells look different. In Figure 4-13, diagonal lines are drawn on cells to
show that information that would otherwise be in the cells is either not
available or is not relevant.
 
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