Working With Tables in Writer

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There are two ways to insert a table in a Writer document.

The first is to use the corresponding button on the "Standard" toolbar, as shown in the following screenshot:


On the grid it is possible to select the number of rows and columns needed.

The other way to insert a table gives greater control: Table → Insert → Table or  Ctrl  +  F12 


In this dialogue it is possible to:

  • select the number of rows and columns;
  • give a name to the table to later distinguish it on the Navigator.

The  AutoFormat  offers the following dialogue:


Here it is possible to choose between different predefined formats (different line types, cell colors, text format...).

If none of the predefined autoformats have the desired characteristics, it is possible to tune the format of the table or of a particular cell. This is accomplished either with the contextual toolbar "Table" that it is presented when the cursor is inside a table cell or with Table → Table Properties or with a right click Table.

It is possible to assign a caption to a table, numbering it at the same time, with a right click → Caption.


As shown in the screenshot it is possible to choose the numbering, the separator between number and text, and if the caption will be shown above or below the table.

With the  AutoCaption  button it is possible to set that all the inserted tables are automatically associated to a caption, while the  Options  gives the chance to define if the table number needs to reflect the chapter number, also. We will come back to this later.

It is important to note that the drop down menu "Category" can be edited. For example, if we want "Data" instead of "Table", we can simply type "Data" in the "Category" text box.

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