Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Functions in Tables
Using Tables as Page Layout Tools
I f you are using Word to create a Web page that will include columns or other
elements you want to hold in position in the page, you can use a table to contain the
content so it displays properly in the reader’s Web browser.
You might, for example, create a table that contains three columns and five to seven
rows, and then place the content in each of those cells relevant to where you want the
text and pictures to appear on the page. Use the rulers if necessarily to position the
information precisely, and increase your cell margins to adjust the amount of space
between the content and the border of the cell. When you have the content positioned
the way you want it, make the table grid invisible by clicking the table. To do this, on
the Table Tools Design tab, click Borders and choose No Border. If the table has
shading, click the Shading tool in the Table Styles group and click No Color. Preview the
table in Web Layout to see how it will appear in the browser window.
Working with Functions in Tables
Although Word is happy to leave the truly complicated calculations to its companion, Excel,
the program includes support for working with a number of functions in your tables. Some
of the Word tables you create will no doubt include numbers—and some of those columns
will require totals, averages, and more. You can create a number of calculations,
depending on what you want the data in your tables to do. You can create your own formulas and
work with other Word functions by using the Formula dialog box, shown in Figure 15-13.
Figure 15-13 You can create your own formulas in the Formula dialog box.
To create a formula in a table, follow these steps:
1. Click in the cell where you want to add the formula.
2. Choose the Layout tab in the contextual Table Tools. Click Formula in the Data Group
to display the Formula dialog box.
Word might insert the function it expects you to use based on the cell you selected in
the table.
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