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Tables & Borders Bar

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The Tables and Borders bar makes creating and formatting complex tables a breeze.

Table - example of complex rows and columns You can draw a table of the size you want, even with an uneven number of rows or columns. This method is much easier for complicated tables than using the Table button and then merging and resizing.

The toolbar contains buttons for most formatting choices for tables. There's quite a lot you can do!


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Toolbar Buttons

Toolbar - Tables and Borders - labeled

The Tables and Borders toolbar contains buttons for commands to help you create and format a table. The toolbar can be docked at any edge of the window, but the default is free-floating. The Tables and Borders button Button: Table borders toggles this toolbar open and hides it.

Below you will find explanations of all the features of the Tables and Borders toolbar.

TipChoose all the formatting for your lines before you draw them. You cannot select a line to change its formatting. You must draw over it.

Button - Draw table Draw Table

Turns your pointer to Pointer - pencil shape a pencil shape with which you can draw the outside of a table by dragging from top left corner to bottom right corner. You drag across the table to add lines that create rows and columns or to split a cell into several rows or columns. This allows you to create very complex tables easily. 

TipYou must click the button again to toggle it off, returning your pointer to it's previous shape.

TipWhen drawing lines, be sure you see your line appear before you release the mouse or you might wind up with a line that is too short. Your lines will be straight and either vertical or horizontal. No angles are allowed with this tool!

Button- eraser Eraser Changes the pointer to Pointer- eraser shape an eraser shape with which you can erase a line in a table by clicking it or by dragging down the line to erase across several cells. This button also is a toggle button. Click it to return the pointer to the normal shape.
Button- Line style Line Style Style of line drawn with the pencil. The arrow displays a list of line styles, like double or dashed or solid. Choose style before drawing.
Button - Line width Line Width Width of line drawn with the pencil. The arrow opens a list of widths for your border lines. Choose width before drawing
Button - Line color Line Color Color of line drawn with the pencil. Choose the line color first and then draw.
Button - Table Borders Borders

Button - Table Borders - paletteApplies the border type shown. The arrow opens a palette of borders. The diagonals are only available for a table cell.

You can also use the Borders button on the Formatting bar.

Button - Shading Shading

Colors the background with the solid color shown under the bucket. The arrow opens a palette of other colors. 

To use a pattern or color percentage you must use the Borders and Shading… dialog from the Format menu.

For a table, you cannot use the button on the Drawing toolbar that looks just like this. That button applies only to drawing objects. Confusing!

Button- Merge cells Merge Cells Combines the selected cells in a table into one cell. The contents of each former cell is placed in a separate paragraph within the new cell.
Button - Split Cell Split Cells

Dialog- Split cell into 2 columnsDivides a cell into several new cells.

Clicking this button opens the Split Cells dialog where you must set the number of rows and columns.

The paragraphs in the cell being split are split between the new cells  if you are creating columns.
Dialog - Split cell into 3 rows

Buttons- Vertical alignment

Button - Alignment palette

Alignment (Vertical)

Icon - Word 97  Align a cell's contents at the top, middle, or bottom of the cell. You can combine a vertical alignment with a horizontal alignment- Left, Center, Right, or Justify using the Formatting bar buttons.

Icon - Word 2000 Icon: Word 2002Aligns a cell's contents horizontally and vertically inside the cell.

Buttons- Distribute Evenly Distribute Evenly Make the selected rows or columns of equal size within the current space.
Button - Text Direction - Top to bottom
Button - Text direction - Left to Right
Button - Text direciton - Bottom to top
Change Text Direction  Changes the direction of text in a cell. 

Image on the button changes to show the direction that will be applied if you click it.

Button- Table AutoFormat Table AutoFormat

Opens a dialog with pre-designed table formats for you to choose.

You can pick what parts of the formatting you want by using the checkboxes. There does not seem to be a way to save your own formatting combinations to use here.

Dialog- Table AutoFormat Dialog: Table AutoFormat

Buttons- Sort Sort Ascending and Descending Sort alphabetically based on any column. Ascending means normal alphabetic order- a, b, c…. Descending is reverse alphabetic order- z, y, x….
Button - Autosum AutoSum Totals the values in a column or row. To do other calculations, you must use the  Formula  command on the  Table  menu.