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Create a Table in Microsoft Word
Tables can be quite fiddly to set up and format. But they are very good for presenting figures and statistics. We're going to design three tables. We'll see how to set up the first one now. When it's finished it will look like this:
As you can see, not many tourists wander into the vilage. I think the people of Evercrease like it that way!
To set up your first table, then, do the following:
When you click Insert > Table you get a dialogue box popping up. This one below:
The table we're going to draw has 8 columns and 2 rows. So change the Number of columns to 8. Then click the OK button. Your page will look like this:
The squares in the table that Word has drawn for you are called Cells. Your cursor will be flashing in the first cell. You can go ahead and type into cells. Type the following into the first row of your table:
French, Americans, Welsh, Scots, Irish, Germans, Japanese, Others
To get the cursor into the next cell you can either press the tab key on your keyboard, or just click inside the cell with your left mouse button. When you're finished, your table will look like this one:
If you move your mouse pointer up to the top left of the table, you'll notice that a little cross appears in a box. While in the bottom right of the table a white square appears. Like in the image below:
The black cross in the box is the table Move symbol. To use it, hold down your left mouse button and drag the table somewhere else on your page. But the process is a bit fiddly. The white square, bottom right, is the resize symbol. It works in the same way as the other white resize squares you have met.
You now need to enter some figures into your tables. So enter the following numbers into the second row of the table (you don't need to insert the commas):
2, 1, 0, 5, 5, 1, 2, 0
Your table should now look like the one below:
As you can see, it's not very tidy at the moment. To tidy it up, do the following
It's looking a bit better. We can format the table some more, though. We'll add a background colour to the bottom row. To add a background colour, do the following
When you click Table Properties, you get a dialogue box popping up. Click on the Table tab:
Click the Borders and Shading button right at the bottom.
When you click the Borders and Shading button, yet another dialogue box pops up. This time click on the Shading tab to bring up the Shading tab strip:
Select a background colour by clicking on any of the little colour squares on the left. Then click the OK button.
When you click OK, you'll be taken back to the Table Properties dialogue box. Click the OK button on this as well.
You'll now have a background colour for the second row. Your table
will now look like the one below:
In the next part, you'll see how to make the cell size bigger, and how to get rid of internal borders.