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Chapter 20. Using Tables > Using Tables to Organize Information

Using Tables to Organize Information

You might take one look at the neat row-and-column arrangement of Word tables and dismiss them out of hand as a pale imitation of Excel worksheets. Big mistake.

In fact, Word tables are at their weakest when pressed into service as repositories for rows and columns of numbers. Word has a paltry selection of tools for working with numbers. If you want to do any sort of arithmetic in a Word document—anything more complex than an occasional sum or product on a small handful of data—you're far better off embedding or linking an Excel range inside your Word document, even if you have to learn Excel to do it.


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