Share this Page URL

Chapter 10. Table > Table Table AutoFormat - Pg. 287

Table Table AutoFormat Table Figure 10-14. Splitting cells into additional cells of uniform width and height Table Split Cells The Table Split Cells command (Figure 10-14) is used to split a cell or selected range of cells into a specified number of rows and columns. When using the command on multiple cells, the "Merge cells before split" option becomes available. This turns several cells into one large cell before subdividing that larger cell. The data is dispersed through- out the cells into only the first row of new cells created in the split instead of throughout all cells on all rows. This is a problem that Microsoft has acknowledged in Word, but has not yet fixed. When working with freehand tables and attempting to split a range of cells, the "Number of columns" or "Number of rows" options are sometimes not available, as Word has trouble splitting cells that are not of the same size. Even when the commands are avail- able, they sometimes do not work at all or produce strange effects. When working with freehand tables, it is usually better to split any cells manually using the table drawing tool. Table Split Table The Table Split Table command separates a single table into two tables along a row. Tables cannot be split along a column. Splitting a table also inserts a blank line above the selected row (or row containing the active cell). For tables created with the table drawing tool, results vary depending on the construction of the drawn table. Figure 10-15 shows the results of splitting a freehand table--the table on the left is the "before" table, the table on the right is the "after" version. On the other hand, tables created with the Table Insert Table command or the Insert Table button can be predictably split into two uniform tables (Figure 10-16). Click in any cell in the row that is to become the top row in the new table and choose Table Split Table. Table Table AutoFormat Use the Table Table AutoFormat command to choose from a series of 42 different table formats (Figure 10-17). A preview is shown for any selected format in the Formats list. Specify which formats to apply and the parts of the table the formats should be Chapter 10:Table | 287