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Word 2013 Bible by Lisa A. Bucki

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CHAPTER 13

Building Tables, Charts, and SmartArt to Show Data and Process

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Creating tables
  • Using table styles and applying other table formatting and design settings
  • Handling tables, rows, columns, and cells
  • Adding and formatting SmartArt
  • Inserting and designing charts

Tables, SmartArt, and charts enable you to illustrate data and processes in documents. They're extremely flexible and easy to create and manipulate. Thanks to numerous galleries, it's easy to create professional-looking tables and SmartArt or chart graphics quickly and with minimal effort. Live Preview also comes into play when you work with tables. This chapter teaches you about these features in Word.

Getting a Quick Start with Quick Tables

The quickest way to create a table in Word is to use one that already exists. It might not be exactly what you want, but it often will be closer to what you want and save you a lot of formatting and setup versus creating a table from scratch. It helps if you can see a picture, of course, and Word 2013 includes a Quick Tables gallery from which you can select a predefined table to insert in the current document. After you click to position the insertion point at the location where you want to insert the table, click the Insert tab. Click the Table button in the Tables group of the Insert tab, and then point to Quick Tables. The gallery shown in Figure 13.1 appears.

FIGURE 13.1

The Quick Tables gallery offers a number of preformatted tables.

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