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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Tables: Formatting Options

In addition to adjusting basic table elements, you can format tables with options such as borders, column/row header cells, and backgrounds. You can also distribute rows and columns evenly.

return to topApplying Borders

A border is a group of lines that mark the edges of cells and the edges of the table. You can specify the width and color of a border.

Adjusting Border Width

  1. Place the insertion point within the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the table » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Borders section, in the Size text box, type or use the nudge buttons for the desired size greater than zero
    NOTES: A size of 0 (zero) means that the table will have no border. The greater the size, the wider the border.

  4. Click OK

Adjusting Border Color

When choosing a border color, you can use a single color or two colors, which creates a 3-D effect.

WARNING: Not all browsers support colored borders. Also, the borders may look different when viewed from different browsers and versions of the same browser.

Single Color Border
Two Color Border
   
   

Adjusting Border Color: Single Color

  1. Place the insertion point in the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the table » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Borders section, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired color

  4. Click OK

Adjusting Border Color: Two Colors

When using two colors, you need to specify a light color, used for the top and left edge of the table, and a dark color, used for the bottom and right edge of the table.

  1. Place the insertion point in the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the table » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Borders section, from the Light border pull-down list, select the desired light color

  4. In the Borders section, from the Dark border pull-down list, select the desired dark color

  5. Click OK

return to topUsing Header Cells

A header cell is a cell that labels the row or column it is in. The text within the header cell is made bold and is centered. Designating header cells improves readability for vision-impaired users. In the table of student assignments that follows, the header cells are the cells that contain the class name and the week.

Physics

Week 1 Problem 1 Read Ch 2 Problem 2 Quiz Discussion of Quiz
Week 2 Read Ch 3 Problems 3 & 4 Read Handout Problem 5 Discussion of  Problems
3, 4 & 5
Week 3 Read Ch 4 Problem 6 Reserve Reading Review for Test Test #1

NOTE: You can follow these instructions either before or after typing the text of the header cell.

  1. Place the insertion point in the appropriate cell

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Cell
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Cell Properties...
    The Cell Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Layout section, select Header Cell

  4. Click OK

return to topAdding Backgrounds

A background is an image or a solid color that appears behind text or images in the table. You can apply a background to an individual cell or to the entire table.

WARNING: Not all browsers support image backgrounds for tables or cells. Also, the backgrounds may look different when viewed from different browsers and versions of the same browser.

Adding Cell Background Images

  1. Place the insertion point in the appropriate cell

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Cell
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Cell Properties...
    The Cell Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Background section, select Use background picture

  4. In the Use background picture text box, type the file name of the image
    OR
    To select the file,
    1. Click BROWSE...
    2. From the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the image
    3. Click OPEN

  5. Click OK

Adding Table Background Images

  1. Place the insertion point in the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click the table » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Background section, select Use background picture

  4. In the Use background picture text box, type the file name of the image
    OR
    To select the file,
    1. Click BROWSE...
    2. From the Look in pull-down list, locate and select the image
    3. Click OPEN

  5. Click OK

Adding Cell Background Colors

  1. Place the insertion point in the appropriate cell

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Cell
    OR
    Right click the cell » select Cell Properties...
    The Cell Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Background section, from the Color pull-down list, select the appropriate color
    HINT: To see a wider variety of colors or create your own custom color, select More Colors....

  4. Click OK

Adding Table Background Colors

  1. Place the insertion point in the appropriate table

  2. From the Table menu, select Table Properties » Table
    OR
    Right click » select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.

  3. In the Background section, from the Color pull-down list, select the appropriate color
    HINT: To see a wider variety of colors or create your own custom color, select More Colors....

  4. Click OK

return to topDistributing Rows and Columns Evenly

To ensure that each row or column you select is exactly the same size, follow these instructions.

  1. Select the rows or columns to you wish to distribute evenly

  2. From the Table menu, select Distribute Rows Evenly or Distribute Columns Evenly

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