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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.
I have done tables and feel quite comfortable with them. I do find that all the styles offered are a bit of a takeover as though Microsoft considered me artistically incompetent so I just ignore most of them and go my own merry way. Another thing I discovered, if you select Draw a table from the Insert table button, then hold down the Ctrl key whilst drawing, any text existing in your document will wrap either side of the table. You can then draw in the number of columns you require and rows if you wish. But, like all tables, if you don't draw enough rows, press Tab in the last cell and you get a new row.
"WHY I/we do not use Office 2007, bloody "RIBBON" in Office 2003 it was 1 step to get the Tables dialog box up easy peasy, in Office 2007 it is a nightmare. Another product broken by Microsoft.
Since most of my work involves formatting text submitted by others, I frequently have to create tables from lists of data. Word 2003 allowed conversion of text to tables. I have been unsuccessful at finding this function in Word 2007. Any clues appreciated.