Chapter 6: Designing Your Pages 97 4. Move the mouse pointer to highlight the number of rows and columns you want to create for your table. When you highlight rows and columns, Word displays your table directly in your document so you can see exactly what your table will look like. 5. Click the left mouse button when you’re happy with the size of your table. Creating a table with the Insert Table dialog box Creating a table by highlighting the number of rows and columns can be fast, but it limits the size of your table to a maximum of eight rows and ten columns. To create a table by defining a specific number of rows and columns (up to a maximum of 63 columns) and a column width, follow these steps: 1. Click the Insert tab. 2. Move the cursor where you want to insert a table. 3. Click the Table icon. A pull-down menu appears (refer to Figure 6-2). 4. Click Insert Table. The Insert Table dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 6-3. Figure 6-3: Specify an exact number of rows and columns. 5. Click in the Number of Columns text box and type a number between 1 and 63, or click the up/down arrows to define the number of columns. 6. Click in the Number of Rows text box and type a number or click the up/down arrows to define the number of rows.
98 Part II: Working with Word 7. Select one of the following radio buttons in the AutoFit Behavior group: • Fixed Column Width: Defines a fixed size for the column widths, such as 0.3 inches • AutoFit to Contents: Defines the width of a column based on the width of the largest item stored in that column • AutoFit to Window: Expands (or shrinks) the table to fit within the current size of the document window. 8. Click OK. Word draws the table in your document. Creating a table with the mouse Drawing a table can be especially useful when you want to place a table in the middle of a page and create rows and columns of different sizes, as shown in Figure 6-4. Figure 6-4: Drawing a table with the mouse lets you create odd-shaped cells within a table.