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Chapter 8. Creating Tables > Designers Corner

Designers Corner

As mentioned earlier in this chapter, tables are a very useful and effective tool for many page layout tasks. Conceptually, this can be a good aid for visualizing a page before you begin; better yet, sketch the table on paper to help work out the spatial relationships and sizes of the main page elements. For example, if you're placing text inside certain table cells, it's a good idea to know how much room is available for that text. Then, when you come to actually write the copy, you'll know you have space for 500 words but not for 1,500. That may also force you to make your writing more concise, which is much better than being wordy. Similarly, you'll get a better idea about how graphics will appear when sized properly for their table cells. If they won't fit, or look bad when resized or cropped to fit, you can make changes at this design stage rather than when you're actually creating the page.

Be aware that you can use graphical table captions instead of the text captions that are the default when you choose Table, Insert, Caption. To do so, first design the graphical caption, remembering to set its width and height values to suit the dimensions of the proposed table. Create the table, click in it, and choose Table, Insert, Caption, to create the caption line with its insertion point. Then choose Insert, Picture, From File, and then select the prepared graphic. Choose OK as necessary to complete the insertion.


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