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Contribute > Modifying table appearance
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Modifying table appearance
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You can modify a table’s appearance by doing any of the following:

  • Changing properties for an entire table
  • Changing properties for individual cells, rows, or columns in a table
  • Applying a preset design scheme to a table

Note: Before you change properties, it’s a good idea to understand how Contribute resolves formatting conflicts for cells, rows, and tables

Modifying table properties

You can modify the alignment, width, border width and color, and background color of a selected table.

  1. In your draft, select the table you want to modify
  2. Do one of the following to open the Table Properties dialog box:
    • Click the Table button in the toolbar.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Table Properties from the pop-up menu.
    • Select Table > Table Properties. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Change table properties as necessary.
    For information about options in the dialog box, click the Help button.
  4. Click Apply to apply changes without closing the dialog box, or click OK to apply changes and close the dialog box. Your table property changes appear in your draft.

Modifying row or column properties

  1. In your draft, select the row or column you want to modify
  2. Do one of the following to open the Table Properties dialog box:
    • Click the Table button in the toolbar.
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Table Cell Properties from the pop-up menu.
    • Select Table > Table Cell Properties. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Change the row or column properties as desired.
  4. Click Apply to preview your changes, or click OK to apply changes and close the dialog box.

Modifying cell properties

You can modify horizontal and vertical alignment, background color, and text wrap for a selected cell.

To modify table cell properties:

  1. In your draft, select the cell or cells you want to modify (see “Selecting an entire table, row, or column”).
  2. Do one of the following to open the Table Properties dialog box:
    • Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh), and then select Table Cell Properties from the pop-up menu.
    • Select Table > Table Cell Properties.
    • Click the Table button in the toolbar. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]

      Note: If you placed the insertion point in the cell instead of selecting the cell, this option opens the Insert Table dialog box instead of the Table Properties dialog box for cells.


  3. Change the cell properties as desired.
  4. Click Apply to preview your changes, or click OK to apply changes and close the Table Properties dialog box.

Using a preset table format

You can apply a preset design to a table and select options to further customize the design.

Note: You can apply preset table designs to a simple rectangular grid of cells only. You can’t use these designs to format tables that contain merged cells or other unusual formatting.

To use a preset table design:

  1. In your draft, select a table to modify or place the insertion point in any cell in the table.
  2. Select Table > Format Table. [View MAC Image | View PC Image]
  3. Complete the dialog box.
  4. Click OK.

Contribute formats your table with the design you selected.

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||||||| Updated: 06/22/2010
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