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Microsoft FrontPage 2003

Tables: Getting Started with Tables

Tables are useful tools for arranging text, links, and images in a readable format. To get you started using FrontPage tables, this document explains how to create tables, add text and images to tables, and select a table or table parts.

return to topCreating Tables

Tables are composed of horizontal rows and vertical columns. When creating tables, you have the option of using the Table menu, the INSERT TABLE button on the Standard toolbar, or the Drawing method. The menu option gives you greater control over table elements, such as alignment, cell padding, and cell spacing.

Creating Tables: Menu Option

  1. Place the insertion point where the table should appear

  2. From the Table menu, select Insert » Table...
    The Insert Table dialog box appears.
    Insert Table dialog box

  3. Under Size, in the Rows text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired number of rows

  4. In the Columns text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired number of columns

  5. To make the content automatically adjust to the table size, under Layout, deselect Specify width
    NOTES:
    You can set the table width to a specific size in the Specify width text box by entering the width in pixels or percent.
    The In percent option controls the percent of the screen that the table fills.
    The In pixels option allows more control over the exact table size, since it is not relative to the browser screen size.

  6. Under Layout, in the Cell padding text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired cell padding

  7. In the Cell spacing text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired cell spacing

  8. To use a border, under Borders, in the Size text box, type or use the nudge buttons to select the desired border size
    To use no border, type 0 (zero)

  9. To use a background color, under Background, from the Color pull-down list, select the desired background color

  10. OPTIONAL: To make these settings the default table settings, under Set, select Set as default for new tables

  11. Click OK
    A blank table appears.
    NOTE: To adjust table elements, refer to Adjusting Basic Table Elements.

Creating Tables: Toolbar Option

With this method, you will have to add formatting, such as borders, later.

  1. Place the insertion point where the table should appear

  2. On the Standard toolbar, click INSERT TABLEInsert Table button» hold the mouse button and drag to select the desired table dimensions
    EXAMPLES:
    2 x 4 Table selected   3 x 2 Table selected

  3. When the desired dimensions are selected, release the mouse button
    A blank table appears.
    NOTE: To adjust table elements, refer to Adjusting Basic Table Elements.

Creating Tables: Drawing Option

To draw a table manually, refer to Drawing a Table.

return to topAdding and Formatting Text and Images

Once you have created a table, you can add text by typing in the cells. Once text has been added, you can format it as you do other text in your document. In addition, you can add graphics to your table.

Adding Table Text

  1. Place the insertion point in the desired cell

  2. Type the desired text
    HINTS:
    To move between table cells, press [Tab].
    To format the text, refer to Applying Text Styles.

Changing Text Alignment

You can align text horizontally or vertically within a cell. The horizontal alignment options are Default, Left, Right, Center, and Justify. The vertical alignment options are Default, Top, Middle, Baseline, and Bottom. Baseline aligns all the text in the row along the imaginary line created by the bottoms of the letters.

  1. Place the insertion point in the desired 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. Under Layout, from the Horizontal alignment pull-down list, select the desired alignment option

  4. From the Vertical alignment pull-down list, select the desired alignment option

  5. Click OK

Adding Images

Images are inserted into tables just as they are inserted anywhere else in your document. For more information about images, refer to Working with Images: Adding Images.

return to topSelecting Table Parts

A table or parts of a table can be selected so you can modify or delete them.

Selecting a Cell: Mouse Option

  1. Press and hold [Alt] + click the desired cell
    HINT: To select non-adjacent cells, press and hold [Ctrl] + [Alt] + click each desired cell

Selecting a Cell: Menu Option

  1. Place the insertion point in the desired cell

  2. From the Table menu, select Select » Cell

Selecting a Row: Mouse Option

  1. Place the insertion point to the left of the desired row
    Your pointer turns into a horizontal arrow pointing right.

  2. Click the mouse button
    HINT: To select multiple rows, drag the arrow past them.

Selecting a Row: Menu Option

  1. Place the insertion point in any cell within the desired row

  2. From the Table menu, select Select » Row

Selecting a Column: Mouse Option

  1. Place the insertion point to the top of the desired column
    Your pointer turns into a vertical arrow pointing downward.

  2. Click the mouse button
    HINT: To select multiple columns, drag the arrow past them.

Selecting a Column: Menu Option

  1. Place the insertion point in any cell within the desired column

  2. From the Table menu, select Select » Column

Selecting an Entire Table

  1. Place the insertion point in any cell within the table

  2. From the Table menu, select Select » Table

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