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Chapter 7. Creating Tables > Setting Table Properties

Setting Table Properties

Table properties apply to the entire table, and Contribute allows you to change the table’s alignment and width, its border width and border color, its cell padding and cell spacing, and the background color for the whole table.

Who’s on Top: The Story of Formatting Precedence

Contribute allows you to set formatting for tables, rows, and cells separately, but some formatting is more important—here’s the pecking order:

  1. Cells

  2. Rows

  3. Table

Cell formatting takes precedence over row formatting, and row formatting takes precedence over table formatting. For example, if you set the background color for a single cell to green, then set the background color for the row that the cell is in to red, and then set the background color for the entire table to purple, neither the cell nor the row will change color, because their formatting preferences take precedence over those of the overall table formatting.

On occasion, you’ll attempt to apply some sort of formatting to an entire table and it doesn’t appear to work. Chances are, all the cells in the table had formatting applied to them at some time in the past, and because that cell formatting trumps the table formatting, the table format won’t work until you change the cell formatting.



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