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Chapter 9. Tables: Organizing Your Pages > Word's Multiple Approaches to Creati...

Word's Multiple Approaches to Creating a Table

Depending on the kind of table you want, and how you prefer to work, Word offers several approaches to drawing a table:

  • If you need to create a simple table and you know how many rows and columns you need, but you don't need to control anything else, you can use the Insert Table button on the Standard toolbar.

  • If you want to control the number of rows and columns, but you also want to control column width at the same time, choose Table, Insert, Table to work from the Insert Table dialog box.

  • If you prefer to draw your tables freehand, or if you need tables with varying row and column sizes, click the Tables and Borders button on the Standard toolbar, and use the tools on the Tables and Borders toolbar.

  • If you already have information in tabular form, or you've imported information in a standard format such as "comma-delimited," use Word's Convert Text to Table feature, covered in the "Converting Text to Tables" section of this chapter.

  • If you learned to create "fake tables" on a typewriter, using hyphens and plus signs, do the same thing in Word; when you press Enter at the end of the first line, Word transforms your typing into a real table.


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