Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Session 3.1
Figure 3-14
Elements of a Word table
end-of-row mark
column A
column B
borders
column C
row 1
row 2
row 3
end-of-cell mark
Depending on your needs, you can create a blank table and then insert information
into it (as you’ll do next), or you can convert existing text into a table (as you’ll do in the
Case Problems at the end of this tutorial).
You may be wondering why you would use a table instead of tabs to align text in columns.
Tabs work well for smaller amounts of information, such as two columns with three or four
rows, but tabs and columns become tedious and difficult to work with when you need to
organize a larger amount of more complex information. The Word Table feature allows you to
organize data quickly and to place text and graphics in a more legible format.
Creating a Table
You can create a table with equal column widths quickly by using the Insert Table button
on the Standard toolbar. (You will use this technique to create the table Caitlyn requested.)
You also can create a table by dragging the Draw Table pointer to draw the table structure
you want. (You’ll practice this method in the Case Problems.) However you create a table,
you can modify it by using commands on the Table menu or the buttons on the Tables and
Borders toolbar.
Caitlyn wants you to create a table that summarizes information in the Tyger Networks
report. Figure 3-15 shows a sketch of what Caitlyn wants the table to look like. The table
will allow the members of the New Hope board of directors to see at a glance the cost of
each option. The top row of the table, called the heading row , identifies the type of infor-
mation in each column.
Figure 3-15
Table sketch
Type of Connection
Monthly Charge
ISDN
$50 to $60
DSL
T1
$80
$1000 to $2000
 
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