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Starting a Table

You create the table structure before entering any text. Then you apply formatting to that table.

To create a simple table:

1.
Position the insertion point in your Word document.

The table will appear at the location of the insertion point.

2.
Click the Insert Table button on the Standard toolbar

3.
In the pop-up palette, drag across the number of columns and down the number of rows you want (Figure 7.1).

Figure 7.1. Drag across the Insert Table pop-up palette until you have the right table size.


An unformatted table appears (Figure 7.2).

Figure 7.2. An unformatted table appears in the Word document.


4.
To apply a format to the table, select Table > Table AutoFormat.

The Table AutoFormat dialog box appears (Figure 7.3).

Figure 7.3. Click Table > Table AutoFormat, and in the dialog box select a format from the Formats menu.


5.
Select the type of Table that you want by scrolling through the choices under Formats.

You can choose from simple structures, tables with headers or without, three-dimensional effects, and tables set with color. A sample of each table you select appears in the Preview window.

6.
When you finish selecting a format for your table, click OK.

The formatting is applied to the table in the document (Figure 7.4).

Figure 7.4. Your formatting choices are applied to the table.


You're ready to enter data into the table.


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