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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Inserting a new table

To insert a new table, position the cursor where you want the table to go, then use any of the following methods to open the Insert Table dialog box (shown in Figure 247):

  • From the main menu, select Table > Insert > Table.

  • Press Control+F12.

  • From the Standard toolbar, click the Table icon .

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Here you can specify the properties for the new table.

Under Size, specify the initial number of columns and rows for the new table. You can change the size of the table later, if necessary.

Under Options, set up the initial table characteristics. When the checkboxes are selected, the following actions occur.

  • Heading – Defines the first row(s) in the table as headings. The default Table Heading paragraph style is applied to the heading rows and thus makes the text centered, bold, and italic. You can edit the Table Heading in the Styles and Formatting window to change these default settings.

  • Repeat heading – Repeats the heading row(s) of the table at the top of subsequent pages if the table spans more than one page.

    The first ... rows – Specifies the number of rows to be repeated. Default is 1.

  • Don’t split table – Prevents the table from spanning more than one page. This can be useful if the table starts near the end of a page and it would look better if the whole table were located on the following page. If the table ends up longer than what fits on one page, you need to either deselect this checkbox or manually split the table.

  • Border – Surrounds each cell of the table with a border. This border can be modified or deleted later.

  • AutoFormat – Selects one of the many predefined table layouts. See “AutoFormatting tables†on page 238 for more information.

After making your choices, click OK. Writer creates a table as wide as the page margins, with all columns the same width and all rows the same height. You can then adjust the columns and rows to suit your needs.

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To directly insert a table with the default properties, click on the little arrow next to the Table icon on the Standard toolbar. A graphic appears where you can choose the table's size (rows and columns) by dragging the mouse. Holding down the mouse button over the Table icon will also display the graphic.

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