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Drawing a Table

Click the Tables and Borders button on the Standard toolbar to display the Tables and Borders toolbar.

Click the Draw Table button if it isn't already selected (pushed in). Your mouse pointer will now look like a small pencil when it's over your document.

Click the down arrow next to the Line Style field and choose a line style for the outside border of your table.

Click the down arrow next to the Line Weight field and choose a line weight for the outside border of your table.

INTRODUCTION

If you want to make a complex table, you'll probably find it easier to “draw” the table with your mouse than to use the Insert Table toolbar button. In this task, you use the Draw Table button in the Tables and Borders toolbar to draw the outline of a table and then fill in the rows and columns. This method of creating a table is extremely flexible: If you can envision a design for your table, you can almost certainly create it.


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Changing Line Appearance

To change the appearance of a line after you've already drawn it, select the desired options in the Line Style, Line Weight, and Border Color lists in the Tables and Borders toolbar, and draw the line again with the Draw Table tool.


Click the down arrow next to the Border Color button and click a color for the outside border of your table.

Starting in the upper-left corner, drag diagonally down and to the right; release when the outline is the right size.

Word creates the outline of your table. Repeat steps 3–5 to choose what kind of lines you want, and draw the internal lines in the table.

Click the Draw Table button to turn it off, and enter the text in the table. For tips on improving the appearance of the text in your table, see the next task.


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