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How to Add a Table to a Mac Snow Leopard Pages Document

As you work in your desktop publishing document, you may discover that you want a table to dispaly data more efficiently. Snow Leopard makes it easy to insert and format a table in your Pages document.

In the world of word processing, a table is a grid that holds text or graphics for easy comparison. Many computer owners think of a spreadsheet program like Numbers when they think of a table (probably because of the rows and columns layout used in a spreadsheet), but you can create a custom table layout within Pages with a few simple mouse clicks.

1

Click the insertion cursor at the location where you want the table to appear.

This tells Pages where the table should go.

2

Click the Table button on the Pages toolbar.

Pages inserts a simple table and displays the Table Inspector.

3

(Optional) In the Table Inspector click in the Body Rows or Body Columns box and type a number.

By default, Pages creates a table with three rows and three columns, with an extra column for headings at the top. You can change this layout from the Table Inspector.

4

Click within a cell in the table to enter text.

The table cell automatically resizes and “wraps” the text you enter to fit.

You can paste material from the Clipboard into a table.

5

(Optional) To change the borders on a cell, click the cell to select it and then click one of the Cell Border buttons.

Select multiple cells in a table by holding down Shift as you click.

6

(Optional) Click the Cell Background pop-up menu and choose a type of background.

You can add a background color (or even fill cells with an image for a background).

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