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7 Making layouts with tables and text boxes
7
Making layouts
with tables and
text boxes
In this section:
In many documents such as letters and contracts, the text starts at the left
Inserting tab stops on the ruler
margin and just goes on until it reaches the right margin; then, it goes
to the next line and does the same again. For other documents such as
invoices, you need to line up text into two or more columns, with each set
of related items on the same line. If you try to do that by typing spaces
between the columns, the columns probably won’t line up perfectly.
Inserting a simple table
Pasting a table from Excel
Converting text to a table and back
again
Setting tab stops in table cells
One way to solve this problem is to set a tab stop where you want each
column to start, and press the Tab key to move from the end of one
column to the beginning of the next column. This works well enough
when each item fits on one line. However, if the items need to use two or
more lines, or for precisely positioning pictures or other non-text objects,
the preferred method is to insert a table. Word 2013 offers a wide array of
tools for making tables, both plain and fancy.
Adding, deleting, and resizing rows and
columns
Setting table alignment and text
wrapping
Merging and splitting cells
Setting cell alignment and direction
When you want some text to stand out—similar to “pull quotes” used in
magazine articles—you can insert a text box. Word provides an entire
gallery of built-in text box designs, or you can draw and format a box to
your taste.
Repeating heading rows
Using table styles for uniform
appearance
Inserting and linking text boxes
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