Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Table Layout and Design
To control text direction in selected table cells, click the Text Direction tool in the
Alignment group of the Layout tab. This command toggles the text between the normal
horizontal layout, to text vertically aligned at the right side of the cell, to text vertically
aligned at the left side of the cell. For example, you may prefer to change to one of the
vertical alignments when the titles in the top row of the table are wider than the rest of the
entries in the column, and you’re having trouble ﬁ tting the table horizontally on the page.
Formatting the titles vertically would enable you to make the columns narrower to better
ﬁ t the table on the page.
Cell margins and cell spacing
Word provides several kinds of controls for cell margins. Cell margin is the distance between
cell contents and cell walls. Proper margins can keep cells from becoming too crowded and
unreadable. Additional spacing can also prevent data from printing over the borders when
you’re using a table to format data for printing on preprinted forms. To set cell margins and
cell spacing, click Cell Margins in the Alignment group of the Layout tab, shown in
Figure 9.21. This displays the Table Options dialog box shown in Figure 9.22.
If your table is too crowded, increase the default cell margins.
Despite the name of the Default cell margins section of the dialog box, it does not set the
default cell margins or spacing for tables. It sets the cell margins only for the currently
selected table, and the settings you enter apply to all cells in the table.
The Allow spacing between cells setting under Default cell spacing in the Table Options
dialog box can be used to create the effect shown in Figure 9.23. This gives the table the
appearance of having a distinct box inside each table cell.