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Old 03-12-2012, 11:55 PM
wornways wornways is offline Word 2007: Automatically left-justified centered table or column? Windows Vista Word 2007: Automatically left-justified centered table or column? Office 2007
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Here's one for the books. Some of you may be familiar with the HTML means of centering a column of text using the <table> tags:

Code:
<table align="centered"><tbody><tr><td>
... column of text ...
</td></tr></tbody></table>
Okay, so if it can be done in HTML, sure it should be possible in Word, right?

But I can't figure it out. What I want to do is to create a template that contains some placeholder text in a centered table. The templating I've got. I can do templates. I'm the Template King. I love templates.

But the creation of a centered table? That's another story.

Here is what I am envisioning. I want a centered table that automatically expands its width to the width of the text, and if the text becomes wide enough to wrap, then the width of the page. However, the table remains centered as the text is typed in. Might seem a little distracting to some people for it to work this way, but for me it would be completely natural. The column would contain poems, so lines should rarely--if ever--wrap. The table/column itself would be and dynamically remain centered while the content within the table would be left-justified relative to the table itself. As text is entered, the table expands in width and dynamically recenters itself relative to page margins.

Is this too much to ask? Or is this possible within Word?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 03-13-2012, 12:18 AM
wornways wornways is offline Word 2007: Automatically left-justified centered table or column? Windows Vista Word 2007: Automatically left-justified centered table or column? Office 2007
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Whoa! I actually got it. I'm a genius.
  1. Open Insert ribbon => select Table dropdown => Click on top left cell.

    *poof*, a single column single row table is created.
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  2. Right click on table and select Table Properties... from context menu.

    "Table Properties" dialog appears with "Table" tab opened by default.
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  3. Select the "Center" icon under "Alignment" in the Table" tab.
    .
  4. Select the "Columns" tab.

    Dialog is updated with "Columns" tab stuff.
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  5. Uncheck the "Preferred width" checkbox.
    .
  6. Click the ever-present "OK" button.

    Table magically centers and is reduced to the size of an empty cursor.
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  7. Open Design ribbon => Drop down the "Borders" submenu => Select "No Border".

    *poof* the border disappears from the table.
The table is now ready for use as a left-justified centered table. Just type away and enjoy. If the typing reaches the width of the page, then table will stop growing and the text will wrap.


This is ideal for content that has a finite width, like poetry.

Thank you for your time folks. Sorry to beat ya'll to the answer. Contiued looking for it after I posted.
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