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Creating Tables

FrontPage offers two main ways to create tables: one based on freehand drawing and one driven by dialog boxes. With the free-handed approach, you use a pencil-shaped cursor to draw directly in your Web page. It’s straightforward and will quickly become your favorite way to handle tables. If you ever need absolute precision, however, the dialog box approach lets you create a table of predetermined dimensions.

To draw a table

1.
Switch to page view and click where you want a table placed in the page.

2.
Choose Table > Draw Table or, if the Tables toolbar is active, click the Draw Table button in the Tables toolbar (Figure 10.2).

Figure 10.2. To draw a table directly, choose Table > Draw Table from the menu (left) or click the Draw Table button in the Tables toolbar (right).


3.
A pencil icon will appear on the page. Click and drag the pencil until the dashed box is roughly the size of the table you want, release the mouse, and a simple table will appear on the page (Figure 10.3).

Figure 10.3. Draw a table by dragging the pencil icon across the page (left), then release the cursor (right).


4.
To further divide the table into columns and rows, click and drag the pencil to draw in their boundaries (Figure 10.4).

Figure 10.4. To further divide a table into columns and rows, click, drag, and release the pencil cursor.


5.
To resize any part of the table, move your cursor over the cell border until the cursor becomes a two-headed arrow. Then click and drag the border until you’re satisfied, release the cursor, and the table is resized (Figure 10.5). Double-click to switch the pencil back to an I-beam cursor.

Figure 10.5. To resize any part of a table, move the cursor until it becomes a two-headed arrow. Then click, drag, and release the cursor.



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