Tech Terms to Know about Word 2013 Tables

Tables in Word 2013 help you present rows and columns of data in an orderly way. You can draw tables or create them by using a preset grid.

You can also dress up Word documents with a variety of graphics. You can import pictures from online sources, use pictures from your collection, or create artwork inside of Word with drawing tools (which is beyond the scope of this lesson).

Graphics can make a document more interesting and can explain visual concepts more easily than text alone. You know the old saying . . . a picture is worth a thousand words.

Here are some tech terms to know when you are learning how to insert and format tables and images and how to position and format pictures in a document. You also learn about the drawing tools, which are available not only in Word but also in Excel and PowerPoint.

  • aspect ratio: The proportion of height to width of an image.

  • border: Formatting applied to the outer edge or gridline of a table cell or other object.

  • delimited: Multicolumn data where the columns are separated using a consistent character, such as a tab.

  • clip art: Generic artwork, available from third-party sources or from the Microsoft Office.com collection.

  • graphic: Any picture file. Also called an image.

  • gridlines: The nonprinting lines that (optionally) show onscreen where the edges of a table’s rows and columns are.

  • illustration: A vector image. Also called clip art.

  • image: Any picture file. Also called a graphic.

  • inline image: A picture that is placed within the document’s paragraph structure and is treated as a character of text.

  • photograph: A raster image.

  • pixel: An individual dot or data point in a raster graphic.

  • raster graphic: A type of graphic that defines the color of each pixel (dot) that makes up the image individually.

  • table: A grid of rows and columns for storing and displaying information in a multicolumn layout.

  • text wrap: The setting that determines how the surrounding text interacts with an image if it isn’t an inline image.

  • vector graphic: A type of graphic that defines each line or fill with a math formula.

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