Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Inserting a table from scratch
The Insert Table dialog box enables you to choose the number of columns and rows
and specify additional settings when creating a table.
2. Enter or use the spinner buttons to specify entries for the Number of columns
and Number of rows.
3. Select an option under AutoFit behavior. You can specify a Fixed column width or
choose AutoFit to contents or AutoFit to window to make the table adjust to other
elements of the document.
4. (Optional) If you’d like Word to remember to default to the dimensions you
choose, then click to check Remember dimensions for new tables.
5. Click OK.
The third method for inserting a table from scratch is to draw it using the Draw Table tool.
To begin, choose Insert
Draw Table. Drag a rectangle to establish the outer
boundary of the table, and then use the Draw Table tool (which will be active at that point by
default) to draw out the desired cells. Use the tools in the Table Tools
Design tab’s Borders
group to set line style, weight, and color for the table borders. Use the Eraser tool in the Table
Tools ➪ Layout tab to remove unwanted table parts. See the “Using the table eraser” section
later in this chapter for additional information.
Cell markers and gridlines
When nonprinting formatting marks are displayed (Ctrl+Shift+8 [Ctrl+*] or Home
Paragraph ➪ Show/Hide), cell markers display in each cell, showing where the cells are, as
indicated in Figure 9.4. You might wonder why cell markers are needed if the table borders
show the location of cells. That’s because not every table has borders. If a borderless table’s
gridlines aren’t displayed, you might not even know a table is there. Toggling the
nonprinting cell markers provide visibility for the table cells. Cell markers, incidentally, display
whenever paragraph marks do.
When a table has no borders, it’s a good idea to display table gridlines. These are
nonprinting marks that show the cell’s dimensions. To display gridlines, click the View Gridlines
choice in the Table group at the left end of the Table Tools ➪ Layout tab. See Figure 9.4.