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Editing Table Column Widths


I already mentioned this problem in my thread below on editing tables. I'm giving
it another try because nobody has come up with a solution.
I can edit table properties by double clicking on tables then changing their parameters
and data in the dialog box that pops up. However, I have not been able to change
the column widths. In the Data tab, I can drag the column borders to make them wider
or thinner, alternatively I can right click them to change their format, but when
I exit the table properties dialog box with an OK, the table does not change.
I also find that when creating tables, I can change the width of only one column
from that of the table style. If I try to change the width of more than one, the
others revert back to the widths defined by the style.
Using tables could save me a lot of time -- if I can learn how to set them up correctly.
Are there any table power-users out there that can help me?


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Re: Editing Table Column Widths

Dan,
Sorry, I could not answer your question sooner.
The display of the column widths within the Data tab of the Table Properties
dialog has nothing to do with the width of the columns within the draft
file. The UI in the Data tab is just a text editing gadget. The text size,
font, etc. within the dialog is not representative of the text that is
displayed on the drawing. The text on the drawing is based on the styles on
the drawing. The text in the dialog is fixed by the dialog. So the widths
within the dialog are not representative of the actual display.
There is a way in the Table Properties to modify the widths if each column
separately. Right mouse click on a cell within a column. Select "Format
Columns". You will see the Format Column dialog. Look over this dialog for
column formatting capability. One field is "Width". This allows you to
specifically set a width relative to paper size on the drawing. This width
will not be represented on the data tab of the dialog, it will only
represented on the actual table display. You can also define the column
header strings.
Can you explain the following in more detail? Are you dragging the handles
on the table display?
>I also find that when creating tables, I can change the width of only one
>column
> from that of the table style. If I try to change the width of more than
> one, the
> others revert back to the widths defined by the style.

Regards,
Rick B.

Re: Editing Table Column Widths


"Dan Sungail" wrote:
> I have not been able to change the column widths.
>Are there any table power-users out there that can help me?
>

By trial and error, I've found the only way to change column widths is to do them
one at a time. It is necessary to exit the table properties screen each time you
change one of the column widths. To change two column widths, you have to go in
and out of the editor twice.
This application could use some work.

Re: Editing Table Column Widths

Dan,
I am trying to duplicate what you are seeing. I am unable to do so.
I can create a table and go into the Format Columns dialog for each column
to change the table width. Then I select OK on the Table Properties dialog
one time. Each column is the width I entered.
Is there something I am missing?
Could you please provide step by step what you are seeing.
Regards,
Rick B.