Work with Table Styles

The appearance of the table is controlled by its table style. You can use the default table style, STANDARD, or create your own table styles.

When you create a new table style, you can specify a starting table. A starting table is a table in your drawing that is used as an example for formatting the new table style. Once a table is selected, you can specify the structure and contents to copy from that table to the table style.

Cell styles can be created and applied to a table style upon insertion of a new table. A table style can specify different cell styles in each type of row to display a different justification and appearance for the text and gridlines. These cell styles are specified upon insertion of a table. The STANDARD table style, for example, contains a cell style consisting of merged cells with text that is centered. This cell style, named Title, can be specified as the first row cell of the table. This creates a title row at the top of the new table.

The table can read from top to bottom or from the bottom up. The number of columns and rows is almost unlimited.

The border properties in a table’s cell style control the display of the gridlines that divide the table into cells. The borders of the title row, the column heads row, and the data rows can have different lineweight and color and can be displayed or not displayed. The Cell Style preview image in the bottom right corner of the Table Style dialog box updates as you select border options.

The appearance of text in the cells of the table is controlled by the text style that is specified in the current cell style. You can use any text style in the drawing or create a new one. You can also use DesignCenter to copy table styles from other drawings.

You can define the data and formatting for any cell style within a table style. You can also overwrite the data and formatting for specific cells. For example, you could set the formatting for all column heading rows to display text in uppercase, and then select a single table cell to display text in lowercase. The type of data you display in a row and the formatting for that data type is controlled by the formatting options you select in the Table Cell Format dialog box.

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