Converting a list into a table for a better looking Word document
I make a lot of lists. They are useful for quick references within a text, and often I used to type a list and spend too much time making it all fit. This often left the list looking a bit scrappy, almost like it is hanging in the text, with no real place.
A table, however, has a much clearer status! It looks professional, stands out more, and helps the reader access the key information quickly.
So here is my sample document that needs a bit of help.
What I want to do now, is select the list and use the convert to table option. In Word 2010, I highlight the list, and then go to the Insert menu. I then select the table button, and from the drop down menu, I chose the convert text to table button. Fortunately for me, this defaults to the setting that fits.
I can then change the table to fit in with my document.
So the initial result is a rather plain, but tidy table.
But I’m going to jazz it up using the pre-set styles in the Design tab on the ribbon. So my table now looks like this…
I’ve been using Word 2003 for longer than I care to admit, but after seeing 2010 in action, and being a bit jaded with 2003, I recently upgraded.
It’s still early days, but I love it…no really, I do – it has got a certain something that works for me.
I like the new ribbon which replaces 2003’s file menu. I really like being able to select styles with a single click.
I didn’t really use the templates in Word 2003. With Word 2010, I have been enjoying downloading and adjusting templates from the File menu. It saves me loads of time, and means I can build my skills as I go.
Here is a template, all ready to add to, so I can concentrate on content and not setting up all the headings, and fonts.
I can also then experiment with changes, building up my confidence producing professional looking documents from the start.
To really get the most out of Word 2010, I am using our Word Training Courses. It is good to familiarise myself with the changes from Word 2003, and I do benefit from someone showing me the capabilities of the program. I am inspired to do more with Word 2010 compared to 2003, and I think my work will benefit from the professional results.