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Clarifying Your Concepts in Professional Tables
ChAPTER 15
Clarifying Your Concepts in
Professional Tables
Creating Tables Today . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 463
Choose Your Method: Creating Tables in Word. . . . . . . 464
Creating Nested Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 471
Editing Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 472
Enhancing Your Tables with Formatting . . . . . . . . . . . . . 480
Positioning Tables in Your Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 485
Resizing Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 487
Working with Functions in Tables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 490
What’s Next? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 491
Don t you just love tables? You’re reading a long, fairly boring report, when suddenly
you come to a table that lists, in simple columns and rows, the data you most most
to understand. Ah , you think, now I get it. Time well spent. And you return to your
To Do list, feeling like you’ve accomplished something.
Tables play a vital role in helping your readers understand the information you’re
presenting. This chapter shows you a variety of ways to add, enhance, format, streamline, and
accessorize the tables you add to your Word 2010 documents. You can apply table styles,
customize the look and feel, format the data, rearrange the size, and much, much more.
You can also import tables from other programs, low text around tables, and even design
your whole document to it within a well-ordered, nice-and-neat table frame.
Depending on how fancy and involved you want to get, you might just want to insert one
of the Quick Tables that are already available in Word or build your own intricate table from
the page up. It’s your choice, and this chapter will show you how. We’ll start with the easiest
approach first—using Quick Tables.
Creating Tables Today
Years ago—if and when you actually used a typewriter to create documents—preparing
a table was a bit of a hassle. You had to be very careful with the tab stops (which meant
pressing the Tab key at just the right places). You needed plenty of correction fluid, too. In
the early days of Microsoft Word, a table was a fairly straightforward tool you could use to
create a grid of rows and columns in your document into which you could simply type text.
It wasn’t particularly pretty, but it worked.
Today, Word 2010 offers tables that do all kinds of things. You can stylize them to match
the colors, fonts, and effects used in your documents. You can insert functions, perform
math calculations, and add content controls to collect information. You can import tables
from other programs or copy and paste tables created in Word into other files. You can
add hyperlinks, so clicking a table opens a completely different document or Web page.
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