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Changing Table Properties

Once you've set up a table you can still change its properties by selecting the entire table.

Do this by clicking on the edge of the table (your cursor will change to a cross with arrows when you're at the edge of the table), and information about it will appear in different fields in the Properties panel (the Properties panel also will now be labeled Table ld. Alternately you can select the entire table by clicking in a cell and then pressing Cmd-A (Mac) or Ctrl-A (Windows), or by going to the menu at the top and selecting Modify...Table...Select Table, you'll get a properties panel that lets you set propertes for the entire table, such as number of rows and columns, cellpadding and cellspacing, and borderwidth.

Now you can use these fields to make adjustments to your table, such as the number of rows and columns, cell padding and cell spacing and border width.

Changing Table Colors

You also can set colors for the entire table. Click on the box next to Bg Color to add a background color to your entire table from the color pallette. Alternatively you can use the Bg Image field to type in the file name for an image you want as the background for your page if you have an image stored as a jpg or gif file that you can link to. Or, if you've created a border around your table segments, you can click on Brdr Color to add a color to the border.

Changing Table Dimensions

You also can change the dimensions of your table by clicking on any of the borders, both inside and outside the table, and dragging them up or down or to the right or left.

Thus you can make the table larger by clicking on the tiny black box on the bottom right edge of the table and dragging it down or to the right.

You can make the right column much smaller than the left column by clicking on the border between the columns and dragging it to the right.

And you could make the bottom row much larger than the top row by clicking on the border between the rows and dragging it upward.

Changing Cell Properties

You also can change some of the properties of individual cells, groups of cells or entire rows or columns, such as the background color.

Do this by clicking on a cell in the table and information about the cell will appear in different fields in the Properties panel (the Properties panel also will now be labeled Cell). To change the properties for a group of cells or an entire row or column, click on a cell and drag your cursor to the other cells to highlight them (the Properties panel will now be labeled Row, Column or Cell depending on which cells you highlighted).

Cell Colors

Use the Bg field to change the background color for the highlighted cell or cells. Click on the box with the tiny arrow and select a color from the color pallette.

Or use the Bg field to select a background image as the background for the highlighted cell or cells. In the white box type in the folder/file path to your image.

Or use the Brdr field to change the color of the border around the highlighted cell or cells

Cell Alignment

Use the Horz field to align the text and other contents of a highlighted cell or cells horizontally (flush left, flush right or centered within the cell).

Use the Vert field to align the contents of a highlighted cell or cells vertically (top, middle or bottom of within the cell).

Cell Dimensions

You can change the height or width of a selected cell or cells. But a change in one cell will affect adjoining cells.

For example, if you change the width of a cell, that will also be applied to the width of all other cells in the same column. Or if you change the height of a cell, that will change the height of all the other cells in the same row. So you can't have cells in the same column, each of which has a different width. And you can't have cells in the same row, each of which has a different height.

To alter the width, select the W field and change the number in the box (which then will be applied to all the cells in the same column).

To alter the height, select the H field and change the number in the box (which then will be applied to all the cells in the same row).

Merging or Splitting Cells

You can split a cell in two or merge two cells into one.

To split a cell in two, highlight the cell and in the Properties box just below the word Cell click on the split cell icon on the right.

To merge two cells, highlight both cells with your cursor and in the Properties box just below the word Cell click on the merge cells icon on the left.