How do I create and format tables in Word 2007

Table Properties

One of the more important formatting decisions you will have to make about your table is how to align it on the page and how to space the cells within the table itself.

Because the table is an object with a border and a margin, you can wrap the text within your document around it if you wish. To do so you will have to specify which side of the table will have text and which will not. These formatting decisions are accomplished with the icons located in the Table section on the Layout ribbon under Tables Tools. The Properties link will give you the familiar 2003 Properties dialog box where you can specify wrapping and alignment on the page.

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