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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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The Table menu and toolbar

Table commands are located in the main Table menu and on the Table toolbar, shown in Figure 246. Table 5 describes the functions of these commands and icons.

Frame226

When you create a table or select an existing table, the Table toolbar may be displayed automatically. You can manually display the Table toolbar by clicking View > Toolbars > Table. It can float on top of the main Writer window (as above) or it can be docked along any side of the window.

Table 5: Functions of the icons on the Table toolbar

Icon Name

Description

Table

Opens the Insert Table dialog box where you can set up and insert a table into the document. You can also use the mouse to click the arrow at the right, drag to select the number of rows and columns to include in the table, and then click in the last cell.

Line Style

Opens the Border Style toolbar where you can modify the style of the border line.

Line Color

Opens the Border Color toolbar where you can modify the color of the border.

Borders

Opens the Border toolbar where you can select which sides should have a border.

Background Color

Opens the Background toolbar where you can select the background color.

Merge Cells

Combines the selected cells to a single cell. Refer to “Merging and splitting cells†on page 228 for an example of using this button.

Split Cells

Opens the Split Cell dialog box where you can define how to split a cell. Refer to “Merging and splitting tables†on page 229 for an example of using this button.

Optimize

Open the Optimize toolbar where you can distribute the columns or rows evenly or optimize the row height or column width.

Top

Aligns the contents of the selected cells to the top of the cell.

Center (vertical)

Aligns the contents of the selected cells to the center of the cell.

Bottom

Aligns the contents of the selected cells to the bottom of the cell.

Insert Row

Inserts a row below the selected row.

Insert Column

Inserts a column after the selected column.

Delete Row

Deletes the selected row(s) from the table.

Delete Column

Deletes the selected column(s) from the table.

AutoFormat

Opens the AutoFormat dialog box where you can select among several predefined formatting sets including fonts, shading, and borders.

Table Properties

Opens the Table Format dialog box where you can modify various properties for the table, for example, name, alignment, spacing, column width, borders, and background.

Sort

Opens the Sort dialog box where you can specify the sort criteria for the selected cells.

Sum

Activates the sum function. Refer to “Using spreadsheet functions in a table†on page 242 for an example of using this button.

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