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How to Format a Table in the Numbers App for iPad

You can add a little style and class — or at least a little color — to the tables you create in the Numbers App for iPad. Formatting your Numbers tables is a fairly simple process, outlined here:

  1. Select the table by tapping inside the table bounds (but outside the cells) and then tap the Info button in the toolbar.

    The Info popover opens. You can change the basic color scheme and layout by tapping the design you want to use.

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  2. Tap Table Options and fine-tune the table.

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    • Table Name: Every table has a name (it starts as Table N with the next sequence number for all your tables). The Table Name option simply controls whether the title is shown.

    • Table Border: This option determines whether or not the table gets a thin border.

    • Alternating Rows: If you turn on Alternating Rows, every other row is shaded with a contrasting color.

      For large tables, alternating the shading of the rows can make it easier for users to follow the data.

  3. Tap Grid Options to show or hide the cell dividers.

    Many people think that showing the lines in the main table and hiding them in the headers looks best. Experiment. As you tap Yes or No, the display changes so you can see the effect.

  4. Tap Text Size and Table Font to format the text in the table.

  5. Tap the Back arrow to return to the first set of options.

  6. Tap Headers to modify headers for rows and columns.

    You can set the number of header rows or columns (you either have zero or one footer row). These are created using the existing color scheme. To change the scheme, tap Table in the popover and choose a new one.

    Freezing rows and columns keeps the header rows and columns on each page. As you scroll through data, the data itself moves, but the headers never scroll out of sight. This is often the best option unless the table's content is self-explanatory.

  7. When you're finished, tap anywhere outside the popover to close it.

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