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Part 12. Enhancing Documents > Task 4 How to Use Tabs and Captions

Task 4 How to Use Tabs and Captions

Two table variations exist that can be useful. One is the tabbed table, which has a set of tabs at the top. Those tabs are actually rows, so inserting a row inserts a tab. The contents of the other rows are hidden until you click the appropriate tab. A table with captions is a table that has collapsible sections. The captions look like maximize/minimize buttons, and you click them to expand and collapse rows. That way only one row at a time is displayed.

1.
Set the Table Type

To create a new tabbed or caption table, choose Create, Table from the menu. Set the size of the table and then select the type by clicking either the Tabbed Table button or the Caption Table button. Then click OK.

2.
Convert an Existing Table

To convert an existing table to a tabbed or caption table, open the Table properties box and click the Table Rows tab. Select Show Only One Row at a Time. Under Which Row to Display, select Users Pick Row via Tab Buttons to make a tabbed table or Users Pick Row via Captions to make a caption table. The available options will change depending on the choice you make.

3.
Set the Tab Labels

In a tabbed table, you want to label each of the tabs. Click the tab you want to label, and then type the label text in the Tab Label and Caption box on the Table properties box.

4.
Set the Tab Size

The sizes of the tabs in a tabbed table vary according to the amount of text on the tab. If you want them to be of equal size, select Size Tabs Equally in the Table properties box.

5.
Set the Tab Position

The tabs can be displayed on the top of the table, the bottom, or the left or right sides. To select the tab placement, make a choice from the Show Tabs on drop-down list on the Table properties box. You can also set an indent so the tabs don't start right at the table corner. Just increase the number in Indent First Tab.

6.
Add Captions

For a caption table, you need to enter the captions for each row. Click in a row and then enter the caption in the Tab Label and Caption box on the Table properties box.

7.
Set the Label Font

For either captions or tabs, you can set the Font, Font Size, Style, and Color of the label text. This setting applies to all the tabs or all the captions in the table. You can't set labels individually, but you can set the cell colors for each row differently to distinguish them.


  

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