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Chapter 17. Using Tables > Advanced Table Formatting Options - Pg. 434

Using Tables 434 Advanced Table Formatting Options A properly formatted table helps the reader (or surfer) absorb and understand the contents. You know your table hasn't been formatted well when a reader has to pull out a ruler to tell which numbers belong on what rows. Letting Word Do the Work with AutoFormat Word provides more than three dozen AutoFormat options that give you a good start on your way to table perfection. To use AutoFormatting, click once inside the table, and then choose Table, Table AutoFormat. (You can also bring up the AutoFormat dialog box when you create a table by choosing Table, Insert, Table.) Table AutoFormatting comes in handy when you want to make your tables stand out--give them a personality, beyond the standard font--but you don't want to go to a lot of trouble creating and applying your own custom formatting. AutoFormatting is a good first choice when creating any type of table that includes rows or columns of numbers, such as a price list or an income statement. The Table AutoFormat dialog box (see Figure 17.11) contains dozens of predefined formats, with a preview of each.