#71: Use Tables for Document Layout

Use Tables for Document Layout

Improve readability by adding scannable “chunks”

I’d bet a lot of money (if I had any) that when you read this subject line you immediately thought of something like this….

…or maybe you were getting fancy and thinking more along the lines of this….

Either way tables are great for presenting this kind of tabular data that we’re all used to seeing. But did you know that you can use tables to create some “advanced” layouts in Microsoft Word?

Document Layout with Tables :

By creating some very simple tables you can create a drastically improved, and more readable layout in Word. Take a look at the following example. Without using tables getting all of these elements in the exact places you wanted them to be would require either specialized (and expensive) desktop publishing software or some pretty advanced Word skills.

Looking Under the Covers:

Now take a look at this same document with the tables used to create it revealed.

This kind of formatting is great for status reports, newsletters and just about anything else you’d like to look professional and well done.

This is just a basic example and you are welcome to have a copy for yourself or experiment on your own and see what you can come up with. Your only limit is your creativity. Try it and let me know how it works.

Remember to turn off the borders so no one will know your “secrets” but us!

If your interested in more of the details visit this page on the Microsoft Word Team’s Blog.

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