Hidden Table Feature in Word

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Here’s a weird little feature Propellerhead has been playing around with in Microsoft Word, that you may not have come across before. It’s a way to create a highly configurable single and multi row table. It’s different to the Create and Draw Table tools on the Table menu (or the Toolbar Insert Table icon) in that each cell can be as little as one character wide. All you have to do is type the plus symbol (‘+’) followed by one or more hyphens (‘-‘), followed by another plus sign. Repeat for as many columns as you require, then press Enter. So, for example, a five-column table would look like this:

+-+-+-+-+-+

and produce this:        

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adding extra hyphens between the plus signs varies the cell spacing, so this:

+-+–+—+—-+—–+

produces this:

          

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you want to add extra rows place the cursor at the end of the table and press Tab or Enter as many times as necessary.

If you like that then there’s dozen more great Word tips in the archive at PCTopTips

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