Position and autonumber text within cells

When you insert a table, its cell margins—the distance between the cell edge and the cell text frame—are determined by the table format. The indent properties of text in the cell, which are measured from the cell margins, are part of the text’s paragraph format.

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A. Left cell margins B. Paragraph’s left indent

Set default cell margins

1)Click in the table you want to change and choose Table > Format > Table Designer.

2)In the Basic properties of the Table Designer, enter the values for the top, bottom, left, and right margins in the Default Cell Margins area.

3)Click Apply To Selection.

tip:   If you want text to look vertically centered, make the top margin larger than the bottom margin. For example, make the top margin 5 points and the bottom margin 3 points.

Customize cell margins or text alignment

When you change cell margins or text alignment and later apply a different format to the table, the changes are not overwritten by the new table format’s default settings.

Because cell margins and text alignment are part of a paragraph format, they aren’t normally stored as part of the Table Catalog format. However, the paragraph formats of the first title paragraph and the first paragraph in the heading, body, and footing rows of each column are stored. You can customize the alignment of any of these paragraphs and then store the table format in the catalog. Future tables using that table format will have the custom settings as their defaults.

Customize cell margins

1)Click in the first paragraph of the cell whose margins you want to customize.

2)Choose Format > Paragraphs > Designer to display the Paragraph Designer.

3)Choose Table Cell from the Properties pop-up menu.

4)In the Cell Margin area, specify the margins you want to customize by doing one of the following:

To create a margin relative to the default cell margin, choose From Table Format, Plus from the pop-up menu and then enter a value.

To create a fixed margin measured from the edge of the cell, choose Custom from the pop-up menu and then enter a value.

5)Click Apply To Selection.

Customize the vertical alignment of text in a cell

1)Click in the cell you want to customize.

2)Choose Format > Paragraphs > Designer to display the Paragraph Designer.

3)Choose Table Cell from the Properties pop-up menu and then choose Top, Middle, or Bottom from the Cell Vertical Alignment pop-up menu.

4)Click Apply To Selection.

note:    The vertical alignment that you apply to a cell will persist even when you apply a different table format from the Table Designer.

Specify the direction of autonumbering in a table

When you insert a table, the table format determines the direction of autonumbering within cells—either across rows or down columns. This property also sets the direction of autonumbering for table footnotes.

1)Click in the table you want to change, and choose Table > Format > Table Designer.

2)In the Basic properties of the Table Designer, choose Row First or Column First from the Numbering pop-up menu.

3)Click Apply To Selection.


September 30, 2016

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