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Chapter 8. Tables and Tabs > Reconfiguring tables

Reconfiguring tables

Maintain Geometry on the fly

To turn the Maintain Geometry option on or off without opening a dialog box, Control-click/Right-click the table, then choose Table > Maintain Geometry to add or remove the check mark.


To resize a column or row by dragging:

1.
Choose the Item tool, then double-click the table.

or

Choose the Content tool, click the table, then press Cmd-M/Ctrl-M.

2.
In the Table pane of the Modify dialog box:

Check Maintain Geometry if you want the overall size of the table to remain fixed as you resize columns or rows. Other columns and rows will resize automatically to compensate.

or

Uncheck Maintain Geometry if you want to resize only one column or row at a time. The table will become larger or smaller to accommodate the new column or row size.

Note: The current Maintain Geometry setting will remain in effect for each individual table; you don't have to choose it again every time you resize a column or row.

Click OK.

3.
Choose the Content tool.

4.
Drag the vertical or horizontal gridline that separates any two columns or rows (the pointer will become a double-headed arrow ) .

The column is enlarged with Maintain Geometry unchecked, so the overall table enlarges to accommodate the larger column.


The column is enlarged with Maintain Geometry checked, so the overall table size remains the same.


If the column or row contains text, the text may rewrap inside each cell. If the row or column contains a picture or pictures, more of the pictures will become exposed or hidden as a result.

If View > Snap to Guides is on, then a gridline will snap to the nearest guide if it's moved within the Snap Distance specified in QuarkXPress (Edit, in Windows) > Print Layout or Web Layout > General.


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