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Q1:Can I put a table inside a table?
A1: Certainly, and you can achieve some interesting effects by using a different border for the table inside (the “nested” table). You can even nest tables within tables within tables.

To nest a table, create the outside, or parent, table. Click the cell in which you want to nest a table and then choose Insert, Table, Table to create a new table inside the cell.

Observe that when creating and editing the nested table, some settings work a little differently. For example, you choose table width not as a percentage of the window, but rather as a percentage of the parent cell, the cell holding the nested table.

Q2:Sometimes, my table looks too crowded, and other times it looks too spaced out. Is there a way to adjust the spacing between cells or the amount of empty space between a cell's contents and the cell borders?
A2: In the Table Properties dialog box, two settings control the spacing in a table: Cell Padding and Cell Spacing.

Change the number in Cell Padding to adjust the spacing between the contents of a cell and the walls around that cell. Raising the number in Cell Padding—to 3 or 4, for example—creates more space around the cell contents, making the cell seem less crowded.

Change the number in Cell Spacing to adjust the amount of space between cells. A higher number moves cells farther apart.


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