Chapter 6: Designing Your Pages 107 Figure 6-15: The Table Styles group displays different ways to format your table. 5. Click a table style. Word formats your table according to the style you chose. Resizing columns and rows You may need to resize a column or row in your table to expand or shrink it so your text doesn’t appear crowded or surrounded by empty space. You can resize a column or row by using the mouse or by defining row heights and column widths. To resize a row or column with the mouse, follow these steps: 1. Move the mouse over the row or column border that you want to resize. The mouse pointer turns into a two-way pointing arrow. 2. Hold the left mouse button down and drag (move) the mouse to resize the row or column. 3. Release the left mouse button when you’re happy with the size of the row or column.
108 Part II: Working with Word Using the mouse to resize a row or column can be fast, but if you want to resize a row or column to a specific height or width, you can type in the specific dimensions by following these steps: 1. Select the row, column, or table that you want to modify. (If you select the entire table, you can adjust the width or height of rows and columns for your entire table.) 2. Click the Layout tab under the Table Tools tab (refer to Figure 6-10). If you want to define the width or height of multiple rows or columns equally, click the Distribute Columns or Distribute Rows icon. 3. To precisely define a column’s width, click the Width list box and type a value (or click the up/down arrows to choose a value). 4. To precisely define a row’s height, click the Height list box and type a value (or click the up/down arrows to choose a value). 5. (Optional) Click AutoFit and choose one of the following: • AutoFit Contents: Shrinks your columns or rows to largest cell • AutoFit Window: Expands the table to fit the width of the current document window Defining cell margins Another way to modify the appearance of a table is to change the space that appears between items in a cell, known as the cell margin. Cell margins simply add blank space between text and cell borders. To define cell margins in a table, follow these steps: 1. Move the cursor inside any cell in the table you want to modify. 2. Click the Layout tab under the Table Tools tab. 3. Click the Cell Margins icon in the Alignment group. The Table Options dialog box appears, as shown in Figure 6-16. Figure 6-16: The Table Options dialog box lets you define the margins inside cells.