Sunday, December 6, 2009

Overriding Microsoft Word's Auto formating - tables

Overriding Microsoft Word's Auto formating - tables


Problem:

When manually trying to line up two columns of information, even if each line has the same number of spaces, they don’t always line up vertically. In this case blogger won't even let me spacebar over the states and country, so just pretend they are lined up, but a little off skew:


Sacramento California

London England

Denver Colorado

Portland Oregon


Solution:

To make the columns line up perfectly, you can do create a table and then change the lines to white to hide the table.


First - draw a table. In Microsoft Vista you got o Insert – table.


Second – type in your information. It should look something like this: (The vertical line all the way to the left should appear, but for some weird reason here in blogger it is not. Just use your imagination.)

Sacramento

California

London

England

Denver

Colorado

Portland

Oregon


Third - click on the lines and move them closer to the words. Mess around with the table options; you can do all sorts of things like alter the line spacing.

Sacramento

California

London

England

Denver

Colorado

Portland

Oregon


Forth- Right click and go to “boarders and shading”

Change the color to white and you should end up with a list that is perfectly spaced:

Sacramento

California

London

England

Denver

Colorado

Portland

Oregon



Hint – you can use this same technique of changing text or lines to white to control formatting. If you have a line of text that is magically locked in place and won’t let you indent, tab or bullet, type in any letter, hit tab to make the spacing the way you want it, and then change the random letter to white- problem solved!



1 comment:

  1. This is a great help. Thanks for sharing your tip.

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