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Learning Your Tables

The key to tables is the Tables palette, which can be opened by selecting Table in the Text section of the Format menu item. In this palette, you’ll find buttons and fields for processes such as adding and removing rows and columns, merging cells, nesting tables within tables, and arranging how the text and graphics within cells is aligned.

As well as configuring the structure of a table, the other part of using tables creatively is playing with the cell borders and backgrounds. A table containing data might need to have a visible border, but a table simply arranging text on a page will not, so by reducing the cell border to zero it effectively becomes invisible as far as the printed page is concerned.

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Figure 5 By placing images and captions in adjacent cells while reducing the cell borders to zero, it is possible to perform basic but effective page layout.

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