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Microsoft Word 2008

Table Options

After you create a table, you may want to fine-tune its appearance. This document explains the following basic formatting options:

return to topCreating Heading Rows

To identify the content of each column in a table, you may want to use the top row of your table as a heading row. To create a heading row, simply type the appropriate column heading in each cell across the top row and, if desired, use unique formatting to distinguish the text (e.g., bold or all caps).

Repeating Rows on Subsequent Pages

If your table spans more than one page, you may want to repeat the heading row(s) on each page of the table. This makes columns easier to identify.

  1. Select the heading row(s) that you want to repeat

  2. From the Table pull-down menu, select Heading Rows Repeat

return to topSetting Margins

Just as with page margins, cell margins refer to the space around text in a table cell.

NOTE: To alter table placement within the document, refer to Changing Table Position.

  1. Select the table to which you would like to apply cell margins

  2. From the Table pull-down menu, select Table Properties...
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.
    Table Properties dialog box

  3. Select the Cell tab

  4. Click OPTIONS...
    The Cell Options dialog box appears.
    Cell Options dialog box

  5. In the Cell margins section, nudge or type the settings according to your needs

  6. Click OK

return to topChanging Table Position

Tables are automatically aligned to the left margin of the page. However, tables can also be positioned along the right margin, in the center, or set at a specific distance from the left margin. 

  1. From the Table pull-down menu, select Table Properties
    The Table Properties dialog box appears.
    Table Properties dialog box

  2. Select the Table tab

  3. Under Alignment, select the desired alignment

  4. OPTIONAL: If positioning the table a set distance from the left margin, in the Indent from left text box, type or use the nudge buttons to set the desired value

  5. If necessary, under Text wrapping, select a text wrap option

  6. Click OK

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