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Table Format

This tool window is used to display and modify text table format. It is available when you are working with a rich text editor and when the cursor is located inside a table. It is invoked by the Format|Table Format menu command.
A table is a vertical sequence of rows. Further, every row is a horizontal sequence of cells. The table format window is divided into tabs, of which two apply to rows and two apply to cells. Row settings are applied to the table row in which the cursor is currently located or to selected table rows. If you wish to apply the settings to the entire table, select all table rows first (by the Shift+arrows keys). A similar rule holds for cells: cell settings are applied only to the cell, in which the cursor is located. If you wish to apply the settings to multiple cells, you must select them first.

Row

Item
Description
Left indent
Indentation of the left margin of the row with respect to the margin of the text on the page. The default is a negative value causing the tables to stick out beyond the left margin a little so that paragraphs inside the table are aligned to paragraphs outside the table.
If you need to change this setting, it is usually meaningful to do so for all rows because otherwise the table margin is not straight.
Row at new page
If a page break is to occur in the text, the page break is inserted before the row, and the row is placed on the next page.
Orphan/widow prevention
Prevents the first and last row of the table from being placed on a separate page.
Keep row together
The entire row must be on one page.
Keep with next row
The row must be on the same page as the next row. Useful for table header.
Keep with previous row
The row must be on the same page as the preceding row. Useful for table summary rows.
Row is a table header
The row is part of the header. If the table spans over multiple pages, the header is repeated at the top of each page. Rows marked as header should form a continuous sequence at the top of the table.
Alignment
Row alignment on the page – left, center, or right. If you need to change this setting, it is usually meaningful to do so for all table rows, because otherwise the table rows are scattered.

Cell

Item
Description
Cell width
Cell width.
Alignment
Vertical alignment of the cell content if its height is smaller than the cell height. The options are: to top, center, and to bottom.

Row Frame

Table frames are defined on two levels. First for the entire row and second for individual cells. The frame setting for a row determines the initial frames that can be overridden by some cells. Cell frame takes precedence over row frame.
In this tab you can specify the frame (borders) for the entire row. Since table is a sequence of rows, you have to select all rows first in order to set the frames for the entire table. Frames at row level determine the outer frames of the table, the inner horizontal frame between two rows and the inner vertical frame between row cells.
The tab has two parts: the left part contains buttons representing individual frames and the right part reflects the settings for the selected frames. If you wish to define a particular frame (or frames), press the corresponding button(s) on the left. The buttons below – All frames, Outer frames, Inner frames, and No frame facilitate this selection – you can select or deselect multiple required frames by pressing these buttons. After you select the required frames, you can specify their appearance using the controls on the right:
Item
Description
Color
Frame color. It is defined by the color editor.
Style
You can choose between normal and double line.
Width
Width of the frame line.
From text
Distance between the frame and the cell contents.
Remove frame
Deletes the selected frames.
An alternative technique to define the frames is: first deselect all frames using the buttons on the left, check the lock setting box, and specify the required frame appearance; then use the buttons on the left to determine which frames should adopt this setting.

Cell Frame

The use of this tab is analogical to the row frames. If you select a block of cells, you can define the outer and inner frames of the block separately.
It is necessary to point out that the properties of row frames and the properties of cell frames are stored separately. Therefore, although a cell frame change is applied to the table appearance, the settings for the respective row frame remain unaffected even if the same frames are defined for all cells if the row.
In addition, you can also define the Cell background – choose between solid color and color with a pattern (then select one of the patterns). If you select solid color, the color editor appears whereas if you select pattern, the pattern color and the background color have to be selected separately.
Name of the built-in tool: table_format_tool