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Chapter 8. Tables and Tabs > Choosing Tables tool preferences

Choosing Tables tool preferences

If you create tables frequently and you tend to choose the same parameters over and over for them, it's worth your while to take a moment to set a few preferences. These Creation preferences affect future tables that you create using the Tables tool but not tables created using the Convert Text to Table command.

To choose Tables tool preferences:

1.
Double-click the Tables tool.

or

Choose QuarkXPress (Edit, in Windows) > Preferences > Print Layout or Web Layout > Tools, then click the Tables tool icon.

2.
Click Modify, then click the Creation tab.

3.
Choose whether you want future tables to contain text or picture cells, and make default Rows and Columns choices .

Choose preference settings for future tables in the Creation pane of the Modify dialog box.


4.
To have text cells in future tables be linked automatically, click Link Text Cells.

5.
Optional: To prevent the Table Properties dialog box from opening each time you use the Tables tool, uncheck Show Creation Dialog. If Link Text Cells is also checked, cells will be linked in the default order, which is . With Show Creation Dialog checked, the Table Properties dialog box will open each time you use the Tables tool, displaying your preferences.

6.
Click the Table, Frame, Runaround, Cell, Text , Picture, or Grid tab, and change any of the available options in those panes, if desired.

Choose text preferences for future tables in the Text pane.


Choose Width, Style, Color, and Shade preferences for gridlines in future tables in the Grid pane.


7.
Click OK twice.


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