To insert a table, click the Insert/Edit Table icon and you’ll get a popup window where you can set the properties of the table:
- Rows and Columns: Enter the number of each. You can add more later if needed.
- Width: This is the width of the entire table. You can set the width either in terms of pixels or in terms of percentage of the entire width of the page. We’ll show you how to set individual column widths a bit later.
- Height: Usually you should leave this blank since you want your table to be as tall as necessary to accommodate the content rather than locked into a certain height.
- Border size: For most cases, 1 should be thick enough.
- Cell spacing: This sets the space between cells.
- Cell padding: The space between the cell border an d the content inside (the margin around the content in a cell).
- Alignment: How the table is aligned on the page.
- Caption, Summary: You can leave these blank.
After filling out the fields, click “OK”, and you’ll have a blank table in your editing area.
Editing individual cells
Once your table has been created, click in one of the cells and right click. This brings up a menu that includes “Cell”, “Row”, and “Column”. Under each of these there are several options.
- Insert Cell: Adds a cell to the right of the one you’re currently in.
- Delete Cells: Deletes the selected cells (you can click and drag to select more than one cell)
- Merge Cells: Merges the selected cells into one cell (this only works for cells on the same row).
- Split Cell: Divides the cell you are in into two smaller cells.
- Cell Properties: Brings up a list of properties you can edit
- Width: You can set the width of the cell either in pixels or as a percentage of the entire table width. Because all cells in a table column are the same width, setting this for one cell will set the width for the entire column.
- Row Span: When left blank or set to 1, this functions normally. When set to 2 or higher, it makes the cell you’re in stretch across multiple rows.
- Column Span: Similar to row span, except for making a cell stretch across multiple columns.
- Word Wrap: Sets whether the content in cell wraps.
- Horizontal & Vertical Alignments: Sets the alignment of the content within the cell.
- Background Color: It’s white by default. You can tinker with this to find a good background color for your needs, but keep in mind that you can’t change the color of your text, so whatever background color you pick has to not swallow up the text. Also keep in mind the general feel of the SOP site and don’t go too far from that (no hot pink, for instance).
- Border color: It’s black by default.
- Insert Row
- Delete Row
- Insert Column
- Delete Column
Copying and Pasting Tables
There are times when you might want to copy and paste a table to another part of the page or to another page. To do so, place your cursor on the line below the table, click and drag up and toward the left until the entire table is selected. Then hit Ctrl-C, go to the place where you want to paste the table and hit Ctrl-V. The whole table (including the frame) should be pasted in.
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