Creating Tables in Microsoft Word – Part I – Video Tip

Since many of us in the post-35 year old set learned how to type and create documents with a typewriter, we tend to try and use computer word processors like a typewriter. The two technologies couldn’t be further apart from each other and other than touch typing, we need to throw out almost all our knowledge of document creation from those days.

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Apple Red or Green Vitamin S
Peach Peach Vitamin J
Blueberries Blue Vitamin B

No one task illustrates this better than making a list of information in column format (like the illustration on the left) If we try to use tabs to create a three column list in the middle of a document, we are quickly reduced to cursing or babbling incoherent words under our breath. Instead, if you take a few minutes to learn how to use tables in your word processor, you will be creating beautiful documents in record time. Trying to explain how to create a table in words is impossible, you need to see the steps in action which is why I provided you with a video tip. Click the “Read More” option below if the video hasn’t already started to play for you. To repeat the video, simply push F5 on your keyboard or the refresh button in your browser.

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5 Comments

  1. John Dittmar July 25, 2009 Reply

    Rick: Great article and information, Thanks
    One thing though. I think you meant to say “pre-35” not “post-35”. Since I am well over 35 I remember well the manual portables and the electric IBM Selectric we used to use! The white out, carbon paper and ink ribbons! Thank goodness for computers and printers!

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