Formatting text in a table

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Hi all, I am trying to come to grips with using tables to display parts lists. But
I am having trouble formatting the data text to get what I want. It shows the data
in the table but I can not change its format. I have read the help and am completely
and utterly confused.
If anyone can help that would be great.
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Re: Formatting text in a table

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John,
Please explain what you mean by format. Are you trying to format the values
or change the display of the table.
regards,
Rick B.

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Hi Rick
I have setup a table on a drawing and have added data to that table. Part numbers,
description and quantity. Sort of like below.
Part No Description Qty
5512 Bearing 2
What I want to be able to do is change the font size or type of the data in the
table.
Is this possible???
Thanks
John

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John,
I assume you used the Table command to create the table. Is that correct?
All the data (text) in a table is entered through the Table Properties
dialog on the Data Tab. You can add new columns and format those columns by
right mouse click on one of the cells in the table. This displays a context
menu. You can also click on a cell and use the buttons on the dialog.
Use Format Coloumn to create a column header and set justification for the
column.
If you want a table title, use the Title tab on the Table Properties dialog.
If you want to change the overall appearance of the table including text
size and fint, this is done through the table style. A table uses a table
style the same as a dimension uses a dimension style.
By default there is only one table style defined in the template draft file.
This is the "Normal" table style. You set which table style you want to use
on the table in the General tab of the Table Properties dialog. You will see
that the table style is set to "Normal".
You create new table styles the same as you create new line styles or
dimension styles. This is done with the Format Style dialog. If you are
running Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST, click on the View tab at the top. Then
find the Styles button. It looks like the letter 'A' underlined. This
displays the style combo box. Change the 'Style type' to Table. You will see
Normal in the list. Click on the New button. Give your new table style a
name. Click on the Lines tab. You set the table grid appearance here. Click
on the Text tab. The text for the table Title, Column Headers and Column
Data can be formatted separately. Currently they are set to use the default
'Normal' Text style. You can use this interface to create new text style to
format the apperarace of the table text. When you create a new text style
you have to use the combo boxes to set the new text style for the proper
component.
If you want to reuse a custom table style for all new draft files you create
you need to create the table style in your template file that is used to
create new draft files.
I hope this helps.
Rick B.

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Hi Rick,
Yes I used the table command to create the table.
I have added column headers and entered the data into the columns.
I can get the table properties dialog no problem. However, the text properties on
the column format tab is greyed out for altering the data font etc.
I am a little confused on the table style that you mention.
When I select a text box for instance, I can easily change the font size and type.
No problem there. But the same sort of info does not seem to appear with the table.
In the table properties general tab, I can only select normal. On the table command,
I can select a normal or a hole table.
I don't seem to be getting anywhere with this. I have in the past just used a series
of text boxes to create my tables, but I thought using the table command would be
much easier and simpler. But it has not worked out that way.
Thanks for the help
John

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John,
All objects hava a Style that defines the default appearance for the object.
If you are using Solid Edge 2D Drafting ST, do the following.
1. Click on the View tab at the top.
2. In the Style command group click on the Styles button. It looks like the
letter 'A'.
This is where you modify the different styles that are used by different
objects.
3. In the Style dialog you will see a 'Style type' combo box. In the list
you will see the current list of styles of the type specified.
4. By default you will see the available dimension styles in the list. If
you click on one of the styles, you can click on modify to see all the style
properties for that dimension style.
5. Click on the Style type combo box. At the bottom of the list you will see
'Table'.
6. Click on 'Table' to list the default table styles. The only table style
provided by default is 'Normal'. This 'Normal' table style is the name you
see for the style on the General tab of the table properties.
7. Click on 'Normal' and then click on the 'Modify' button. You will be
modifying the style properties of the 'Normal' table style. You can also
create new styles by clicking on the 'New' button instead of the 'Modify'
button from the Style dialog. So you can create as many table styles as you
may need.
8. Click on the 'Lines' tab in the Modify Table Style dialog. This is where
you specify the different grid line properties for the table. there is a
preview to help with the appearance.
9. Click on the 'Text' tab in the Modify Table Style dialog. This is where
you define which text style to use for each text component of the table. The
table lets you specify a style for the Title, Column Header and the Column
Data.
10. By default all three are set to the same text style 'Normal'. If you
want the title text to be larger, Click on 'Normal in the list. Then click
on the 'New' button. This will allow you to create a new text style for the
title.
11. Give the new text style a name. Key in 'Title'.
12. Click on the paragraph tab. Here you can set up the text display
characteristics. Change the Font size to make it larger.
Click on the OK button.
13. Now in the Title style combo box select the title style. Title style
will have 'Title' text style with large test. Column header and Column data
will have 'Normal' text style with smaller text.
14. Click on the OK button on the Modify Table Style dialog. You have
modified the 'Normal' table style.
15. Click on 'Close' in the Style dialog.
16. Now create a new table and give it a title. You will notice that the
title has larger text than the column headers or data.
I hope this helps.
Rick