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Part 12. Enhancing Documents > Task 2 How to Format Tables

Task 2 How to Format Tables

Even a basic table looks better when you add style by formatting the borders or adding a background to cells. You can apply attributes to either selected cells (cell borders, cell color, cell image) or to the entire table (table borders, table color).

Select Cell Border Style

Click somewhere inside the table you want to format; then choose Table, Table Properties to open the Table properties box. Click the second tab, which is Cell Borders. The Cell Border properties apply to all cells in the table. Style sets the look of the gridlines, such as solid, ridge, or groove. The Color you select will be the gridline color everywhere in the table.

Set Cell Border Thickness

Cell border properties apply only to the selected cell(s). You can set each side of the cell border to different thicknesses, if you want, by clicking the up/down arrows by Top, Right, Left, or Bottom. To remove all borders, click Set All to 0. Click Set All to 1 to set all sides to a thickness of 1, and click Outline to apply the settings to only the outside border of the selection.

Set the Table Border Style

Table styles apply to the entire table. Click the Table Borders tab on the Table properties box, and you'll see 11 Border Style choices, including Double, Dotted, and None. The Color option does not apply if the Border style is None. You can also set the Thickness of the border by changing the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom values or by clicking either Increase All Widths or Decrease All Widths. Add a three-dimensional look to the table by clicking Drop Shadow and then increasing or decreasing the Width.

Set the Border Spacing

Click the Thickness button to select Inside or Outside (the button name changes to match your selection). Select Inside to set the amount of space between the outer borders of the cells and the table border. The Outside option sets the amount of space outside the table border, separating the table from the surrounding text. Then change the Left, Right, Top, and Bottom values to the amount desired.

Set the Table Color

Click the Table/Cell Background tab on the Table properties box. In the Table color section, click the down arrow at the right of the Style field and select a style. Depending on your selection, you will see additional choices appear. Color appears if you select Solid. For alternating rows or columns, you see a second color choice. Many of the choices have Color and Body as the options. Select the colors you want to use from those fields.

Set Cell Colors

The cell color attributes you apply override the table color. Select a Color, and then select a Style (solid, top-to-bottom gradient, or left-to-right gradient). When you select a gradient, a second color choice appears. Click Apply to All to have the cell color selections apply to all cells in the table.

Add a Background Image

You can add an image to the background of a cell or selected cells. Click the folder at the right of the Source field to open the Insert Image Resource dialog box. Select an image from those in the current database, from other databases on Domino servers you have access to, or from your file system (click New to add it). Click OK. In the Repeat field, choose whether you want the image to appear only once in the cell(s), repeat vertically or horizontally, size to fit, or tile (repeat to fill up the space).



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