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    Table Style (98, 2000, 2002)

    I'm looking for a technique to standardize table format - column width, especially. While editing documents from several sources, the tables all need to be alike. I'd like to use the format painter, a style or some method other than manually tweaking each setting for each table. Any suggestions?
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    Re: Table Style (98, 2000, 2002)

    Word provides a series of AutoFormats for tables; you can set some options to customize them. If there is an AutoFormat you like, you can record a macro that applies this AutoFormat with the desired options to a table or all tables in a document.

    If you don't like the AutoFormats, you might have a look at http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default....TableStyles.asp.

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    Re: Table Style (98, 2000, 2002)

    Personally, I find that using any Office autoformatting tends to bloat file size.

    I used to work as a desktop publisher. I'd receive the text from several writers. I trained them all to use shortcut keys for the headings, but they all still gave me different table setups. Some shaded X%, some Y%, etc.

    I recorded myself a macro that:
    (Assuming cursor is inside table when macro is run)
    Table-Select table
    Do whatever formatting I wanted to the text.
    Formatted paragraph 3 pts before and after for nice white space.
    Set the rows NOT to break across pages.
    Set the first row to be a heading and X% shade (there's a shortcut key that gets you to the first cell in a table--I forget what it is)
    etc....

    Perhaps you could give it a try? How to record a macro:
    http://www.thewordexpert.com/wordvba...ToRecordAMacro

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    Re: Table Style (98, 2000, 2002)

    Hi Ena:
    I see everyone has their own way. Mine is to use autotext. Format 2 rows with as many columns as you need & format all the cells, etc. I use 2 rows because my first row is a header row & has different formatting than subsequent rows. Then I save each of my tables as autotext. I use t2, t3, t4, etc. for 2, 3, & 4 column tables respectively. You can have all the table formats you need & it's faster than using Autoformat (IMHO).
    Cheers,

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    Re: Table Style (98, 2000, 2002)

    Thanks, folks. I'll play with all the things you suggested. One of the methods should solve my problem and I'll probably learn something from each.
    ENA

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