IN THIS CHAPTER
The quickest way to create a table
Creating tables from scratch
Using table styles
Handling tables, rows, columns, and cells
Table layout and design
Tables are one of Word's most powerful and useful tools. They're extremely flexible and easy to create and manipulate, both directly and by using the ribbon. Thanks to a gaggle of galleries, it's now easier than ever to create professional-looking tables quickly and with minimal effort. Live preview comes to life when it comes to working with tables. So, pull up a chair!
The quickest way to create a table in Word is to use one that already exists. It might not be exactly what you want, but it often will be closer to what you want than if you create one from scratch. It helps if you can see a picture, of course, and Word 2007 includes many images of tables. From the Insert ribbon, choose Table
Stroll through the gallery to see if there's something you like—something that compares favorably with the table in your mind's eye. If there is, then click on it. If it has too many rows, you can delete the ones you don't need. If it has too few columns, you can add a few more. It the proportions and other attributes aren't quite right, you can use Word's table tools to make them right. The point is that you hit the ground running.
Figure 17.1. The Quick Tables Gallery offers a number of preformatted tables. ...