Working with Tables

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This is Chapter 9 of the 2.x Writer Guide (Third edition), produced by the OOoAuthors group. A PDF of this chapter is available from the OOoAuthors Guides page at


Tables are a useful way to organize and present large amounts of information, for example:

  • Technical, financial, or statistical reports
  • Product catalogs showing descriptions, prices, characteristics, and photographs of products
  • Bills or invoices
  • Lists of names with address, age, profession, and other information

Tables can often be used as an alternative to spreadsheets to organize materials. A well-designed table can help readers understand better what you are saying. While you would normally use tables for text or numbers, you could put other objects, such as pictures, in cells.

Tables can also be used as a page-layout tool to position text in areas of a document instead of using several Tab characters. For example, a table with invisible borders could be used in headers and footers to support independent positioning of different elements, such as page number, document title etc. This use of tables is described in Chapter 4 (Formatting Pages).

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