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Chapter 8. Creating Tables > Modifying the Table's Appearance

Modifying the Table's Appearance

A plain-vanilla table is good for organizing content, but you also need to think about presentation. Using column and row headers, captions, color, and suitable alignment of cell content can make your tables pleasing to the eye.

Adding Headers

Most tables have column headers to denote the kind of data in each column; many tables also have row headers. An example is a sales report with product names as row headers and sales for each quarter as column headers. You often want to emphasize such headers, and one way is to select the text and use character formatting. Another method is to change the cell properties. To do this, select the cell or cells you want as header cells and choose Table, Properties, Cell; this displays the Cell Properties dialog box (see Figure 8.13). Select the Header Cell check box and choose OK.


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