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    Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi,

    Some expert help appreciated!

    Whenever I create a table I always seem to end up adjusting column widths to my own satisfaction by using the "Cell Height & Width" Tables menu Item. How can I get this on my shortcut table menu?

    When I look under All Commands in Customize (because this menu item does not appear under Tables) there seems to be two commands - Table Row Height and Table Cell Width - How come one menu item?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Are you talking about adding it so that when you right click within the table it will show up there?

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Can't help you with adding to the shortcut menu, but have you tried using the ruler bar to adjust column widths? If you hold the Alt key down while dragging on the little waffle markers, it displays the actual measurement.

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi,

    Thanks for the replies.

    Yes, Leanne, the idea is that it would be much easier to get to if it was on the shortcut menu once the cursor is in a table. I saw somewhere recently that it was easy to modify the shortcut menus in Word, but have been unable to establish how! Sometime ago in the Excel forum there was a request to add the Conditional Formatting menu item to one of the Excel shortcut menus via VBA, and I have found that a great help.

    Will try your idea Christie, I guess old habits die hard! Although I do find that I go from column to column in the Cell height and Column Width Window until I have all the columns just how I want them. Thanks for the suggestion.

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Peter,

    Over the past weekend, I posted a reply to Geoff Whitfield's Aug posting on WordArt. Why is that relevant - did you ask? <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    In there, I mentioned a discovery on customizing menus that might help you. But I was on my PC at home running Word 97 (which is what your post says you're doing) and here at work I'm running Word 2K. There is 1 important difference specifcally on your question, which I'll point out. But I think it should work - I tried the general theory here and it does work. Apply it to your specific issue and let us know.

    There are submenus that don't appear anywhere in the Customize Dialog. The one in the WordArt example that I was interested in adding to a WordArt shortcut menu was "Rotate and Flip" (RAF). So here's what I did, changed to fit your case (I actually went back to my posting, cut and pasted it below, and changed it - you don't expect me to remember it all, do you?):

    - open the Customize dialog as normal
    - on the Toolbars tab, check the Shortcut Menus checkbox; a shortcut toolbar will appear.
    - click on the "Table" menu entry on your main menu
    - drag any item from the Table menu (even a submenu) to the "Shortcut Menus" toolbar; hold it over the "Table" dropdown until it pops down; drag it down to the desired table subitem until it pops open; drag the item from your Table menu onto the desired Table shortcut menu and position it where you want (being careful that you don't stick it onto another menu). BE CAREFUL TO HOLD THE CONTROL KEY TO MAKE A COPY AS YOU DRAG, unless you really want to move it from one place to another.

    The problem with Word 2K is that it does not have a Cell Height and Width entry. Instead you go to the table menu and go to Table Properties. I actually long for the Cell Height and Width entry. But I tried the above with the Table Properties here at work and it worked fine. So it should work for Cell Height and Width in W97. Let us know.

    HTH.

    Fred

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi Peter (& Fred):

    The command that comes closest to Cell Height & Width in Word 2000 is TableColumnWidth. You can find it in the Tools/Customize...dialog box if you click All Commands under Catagories & then click in the Commands box & type Table (real, real fast). Or you can scroll. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. I liked the "Cell Height & Width" also. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi Fred and others,

    Sorry to be so long getting back, but life sometimes has other priorities!

    Success!! Thanks to your instructions Fred I was able to copy the menu item from its standard location to the shortcut menu - indeed several of the Table ones, once I looked at each one and found how similar they all were. The tricky part was copying not moving, but after some fiddling and once closing Word without saving normal.dot, I finally got it the way I wanted it!

    Thanks once again.

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi Peter:
    Just FYI, although you probably know, you can copy or move buttons without using the Customize dialog box. Alt+drag moves; Ctrl+Alt+drag copies. <img src=/S/groovin.gif border=0 alt=groovin width=21 height=21>

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    Re: Adjusting Table Columns (Word97 SR2)

    Hi Pete,

    Glad to hear it worked. But some thanks have to go to Geoff. If it wasn't for his WordArt item, I probably would not have been fooling around and discovered the procedures - mostly by accident. You're right about the CTRL - I've already customized a few things and forgot that (I used Reset to restore a toolbar that I dragged things off of). And Phil's item about ALT+drag (or ALT+CTRL+drag) is a good one too (altho in your case, you needed to open the Shortcut menu bar).

    Fred

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