Beyond Words: Table talk

Tables are flexible tools that can be used for many purposes. I use them so frequently that I've added Word's insert-table button to my Quick Access Toolbar. I've used tables in motions and briefs to show guidelines calculations; compare/contrast statutes or cases; list counts of conviction by count number, statute, conduct, and date; and to set out where in the record a series of objections was raised and ruled on in the district court. Here's the Tenth Circuit responding to this latter effort with a table of its own (see page 19).

You can format text within a Word Table Propertiestable just as you do within a paragraph, aligning it left, right, or center, and using all of Word’s font tools. Click on a table to reveal tabs for Table Tools (Design, Layout) in the ribbon. Use those tools to adjust the table settings, manage borders, and manage the table cells.

Two quick tips:

To make a header row repeat on subsequent pages, click anywhere in the row, right-click, select Table Properties/Row, and check the box next to “Repeat as header row at the top of each page.”

To prevent cells from splitting across page breaks, select the entire table by clicking on it once, and then clicking on the little square that appears in the top left corner. Then right-click, select Table Properties/Row, and uncheck the box next to “Allow row to break across pages.”