Tables allow you to insert images and text on a page in a more
controlled layout. Without tables you are more limited in layout options. Tables
also tend to better control the spacing of text and graphics in different browsers
and screen sizes.
- To create a table go to Insert > Table > choose the
number of cells and rows you need. You can alter this later but it’s easier
if you choose the correct table size at the beginning.
- The right, left or centre alignment you can choose now or
- Tables can be either:
The borders are visible and can be thick or thin (like this table)
Open Insert > Table > choose 1 or more pixels (more is thicker)
for border line width
The border is invisible but the text/graphics are constrained within
them. (like the table at the top of this page)
Open Insert > Table > choose 0 pixels for border line width
- Cell spacing is the thickness of the border. 1 – 5 pixels
is usually enough unless you are after a special effect. (3 is a good average)
- Cell padding gives you space between where the text will
start and the borders. Again 1 – 5 is usually enough. (3 is a good average)
- Table width and height is in case you don’t want the table
to take up the whole page (probable). It IS a good idea to specify table width
(as a percentage), but for some reason table height is problematic in Composer.
(There are limits to this simple program.)
- If you’d like a colour in a cell, select the colour you want
in the cell. This is different from your general page background colour which
you chose in Format > Page Colours and Properties.
- If you want an image in a cell: check ‘use image’ >choose
image > find your image file > open > apply > close.
You don’t have to use tables. But they can
give a more interesting layout than without. Just remember to aim modestly for
your first page, and save regularly.
and good luck!