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Using Tables in WordPerfect

As most of you know, WordPerfect 6.0A for Windows allows you to do simple word processing pretty easily. My intention in this session is to look at tables fairly comprehensively so that you can see how to use this feature a little more fully. In addition, we'll use data from other applications , including text data and a Harvard Presentation graphics chart  in WordPerfect.

Seeing how tables are used within WordPerfect templates

As you may already be aware, WordPerfect comes with a number of premade templates. We're going to look at one that uses a table within it, the calendar, so you can see how the feature can be used.

Click on file
Click on template
Slide the up arrow up to cal_side
Click on the words: Note description
Click on the opposite facing up/down arrows for month and select July for month
Click on the opposite facing up/down arrows for year and select 1995 for year

The calendar will then auto fill in the appropriate days and dates and then poof! disappear.  Click on Window (at the top table, window, help) This will bring up a list of documents.  Note: You can have a number of  documents open concurrently. This is practically limited by the amount of memory and speed of your machine as it relates to the complexity of documents. On my fairly sophisticated machine I've found six text mostly documents are about as much as I can handle the performance of.

Click on the last numbered document (most likely document 2)

This is a fairly complex table. If you need to make changes in it, you can do so with the table menu.

To make a fairly simple change in the calendar,
Click on any of the squares
Click on table
Click on Lines/Fill
Click on the table radio button
Click on Fill Radio Button
Click on drop down box
Click on the words 10% fill
Click OK

You'll see the changes reflected.

Bringing your own data into a table

Most of the time you'll have your own data that you want to bring in, either in the format of a spreadsheet or a ASCII file. A table handles this kind of data especially well.

To bring in a text file (ASCII delimited in this case) and translate it to a table

Click on File
Click on Open
Open File... Automatically it will detect it's an ASCII text file
Select entire area of file
Click on table create
Choose tabular format
Choose OK

This will convert your text to a table with strange formatting. There are two ways to change this formatting. If you just want something that looks normal, you can click and drag the column lines easily. We'll do this with the day column

Bring your mouse to the line between the  two columns... You'll see a crosshatch arrow
Click and drag out

Your column will be resized automatically. Note, though, there is a limited width to the page, so you can not size columns larger than they can print.

More frequently, you'll want an exact column width. In this case, we'll do this with the number columns. To do this:

Select the columns you want to set the width for by clicking and dragging over them

Click on Table
Click on Format
Select the column radio button
Check the check box for fixed width (lower right hand corner)
Select in the lower left hand corner the button for column width
Select .600 in the box

Your columns will be the exact same size now. They will not be aligned completely correctly though. If you want a simple right or left justification:

Select the cells (the numbered cells)  you want to justify within the table
Click on the justification icon 8 over from the left
Choose Right justification
This will align your cells automatically to the right.

More frequently with decimal numbers you'll want  a decimal align, that is for the numbers to line up along the decimal point.

Select the text you want decimal aligned
Click on the justification icon
Choose decimal align

You can do any formatting within a table that you can do with normal text. We'll bold, italicize and underline some of our fine text.

Double click on the word Monday. This

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