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Chapter 10. Creating and Formatting Tables > Formatting Tables and Cells

Formatting Tables and Cells

Once you’ve added a table to your page, put some text and images into it, and perhaps changed its structure, you’re ready for the final step: formatting the full table and individual cells.

To format tables

1.
Right-click the table and choose Table Properties from the shortcut menu (Figure 10.59).

Figure 10.59. To format a table, right-click it and choose Table Properties.


2.
When the Table Properties dialog box appears (Figure 10.60), use the Layout section to set the table’s Alignment, width, and the Cell padding and Cell spacing (Figure 10.8). The Float drop-down menu lets you have the table “float” on the left or right side of text that ordinarily would appear below the table (Figure 10.61).

Figure 10.60. Use the Layout section of the Table Properties dialog box to set the table’s Alignment, width, and the Cell padding and Cell spacing.


Figure 10.61. The Table Properties dialog box Float drop-down menu lets you have the table “float” on the left or right side of text.


3.
Use the dialog box’s Borders section to set the table’s border. For details, see To format table borders on the next page.

4.
If you want to apply the same color to every cell in the table, use the pop-up box in the Background section to choose your color. For details, see To color cells.

5.
Once you’re done, click OK and the changes will be applied to your table.


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