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Make Your Table Fit

May 14, 2012

Have you ever tried to fit a table that you have copied from another document into your current document? Then you know the aggravation you feel when it will not fit on the page, even though you have changed the page orientation to landscape. Here are a few things that you can do to make it fit:

  1. The first thing to try is AutoFit. Hover in the left top area of the table until the little plus sign inside the box shows, and your cursor changes to a plus sign. Right click on it. Scroll down to AutoFit, select it, and then choose AutoFit to Window.
  2. If that doesn’t work, click on the table selector (the plus sign in the corner) to select the whole table. Try changing the font size to a smaller font.
  3. Change the line spacing to 1.5 or even 1.
  4. You can see a lot of problems within a table if you turn on the Show/Hide feature. () With this turned on, you see where there are too many tabs, spaces, or Enters that may be interfering with your attempts to clean up the table.
  5. Instead of adding Enters or tabs and spacing to line the text up in the cells, right click on the table selector, and then choose Cell Alignment. You will see little thumbnails of different cell alignment. Choose one. If it doesn’t line up like you thought it should, check to see if you have Enters, tabs or spaces in the wrong places.

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