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Old 12-28-2010, 12:24 PM
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I had to build a table to create forms for a client. Inside the table I have boxes that have columns in them, but I can't seem to align the text in the columns the way that I want to. Everything I try just moves things around to places where I don't want them, or else makes no change at all. PLEASE HELP FAST! Thanks!
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Hi dpeattie,

You description is too vague. Saying:
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Everything I try just moves things around to places where I don't want them
is no help at all unless you tell us exactly what you're trying to do and what is happening instead. You could also try attaching a sample document to your post so that we can see what you're writing about.
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Okay, here's a sample page of what I have:

Original Page 15 N.T.A. 1

WHEELER FREIGHTWAYS
TOW CAR TARIFF NO. 1

ITEM #1 CLASS B UNDER 15,000 lb.RATES (POLICE)
In dollars and cents per mile, except as noted
DAY RATE NIGHT RATE
A.) Hookup & first 5 miles $ 84.70 $ 114.95
B.) Per mile charge x 5.1 to 50 miles $ 7.85 $ 7.85
C.) 50.1 miles and above $ 6.00 $ 6.00
D.) Excess Deadhead Mileage $ 2.40 per mile $ 2.40 per mile
E.) Off Road Travel $ 175.45 per hour $ 175.45 per hour
F.) Call out, no tow (1 hour minimum) $ 84.70 flate rate $ 121.00 flat rate
G.) Add 50% to rates above for towing
two vehicles in combination.

ITEM #2 ACCESSORIAL CHARGES
In dollars and cents per 30 minutes, except as noted
DAY RATE NIGHT RATE
A.) Stuck Vehicle first hour $ 84.70 $ 114.95
B.) Stuck vehicle each subsequent hour $ 60.50 $ 60.50
C.) Winching recovery $ 78.65 per hour $ 78.65 per hour
D.) Extra labor per man first hour $ 84.70 $ 84.70
E. ) Extra labor per man ea. hour after $ 42.35 $ 42.35
F.) Driveline $ 60.50 per hour $ 66.50 per hour
G.) Cleanup $ 66.50 per hour $ 78.65 per hour
H.) Standby $ 68.50 per hour $ 66.50 per hour
I.) Facilitate $ 60.50 per hour $ 66.50 per hour
Hourly charges computed from time of departure to time of return to base
For explanation of abbreviations and reference marks, see Page 2.
ISSUED: 12/20/10 EFFECTIVE: 1/1/11
Issued by:
WHEELER FREIGHTWAYS
3000 W. Charleston Blvd.
Las Vegas. NV. 89102


Now: how do I get the information in the columns I made to line up more evenly? What I find happens when I try is that changing one thing, even when I use the Insert function, messes up all the surrounding text by changing the positions of everything.

I know there's a way to do this. I just don't know what it is, and the Help function is useless.

Thanks for any assistance you can give me!
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Hi dpeattie,

It's still not clear exactly what you're having trouble with, as what you posted isn't an actual Word document. Nevertheless, see if the attached meets your needs - the tabular layout is achieved by using Decimal tabs.

Note too, that my system is configured for A4 paper, whereas you most likely use something else. Consequently, you might need to do some adjustment at your end or tell Word to use A4/Letter resizing.
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Thanks, but I'm afraid the demo.doc you attached isn't really helping.

See, what I need to do is to be able to have three columns in the table. Column one is the description of services (A, B, C), then column two is Day Rate with corresponding amounts, and column three is Night Rate with corresponding amounts.

In order to duplicate the form I was given by the NTA, I had to use the table function to draw the lines on the page that I needed, which include a frame around all the fields. And I am finding that no matter what I do, once I have the table frame established...or after I have the text the way I want it and then establish the frame...that it skews everything else in ways I don't want it, and I can't seem to get the information into the position that I want it and get it to line up right.

I KNOW there's a way to do it, because the people at NTA that made the form I need to duplicate managed to do it. What I don't know is HOW to do it.
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Hi dpeattie,

As I said in my previous post:
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It's still not clear exactly what you're having trouble with, as what you posted isn't an actual Word document.
Without your actual document (or the document from the NTA, whatever that is), which you haven't yet attached to a post, it's hard to understand what the issue is. With the demo document that I posted, turning the data into proper Word tables with borders is a simple matter of using the text-to-table function.
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Micropod,

I went back in and looked for the Decimal Tabs function, and once I found that, I was able to fix my columns the way I wanted easily. Thanks much for the tip!
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