Lesson 3: Cell widths defined by the user are used

In this lesson, you generate a table with cells that do not resize based on their content. The cell widths that are entered by the user are strictly adhered to when the output is generated.

About this task

With the table property combination in this lesson:
  • The row height adjusts for cells with more content in them.
  • Cell width values that are entered by the user are adhered to when the output is generated.
  • All cells in a column have the same width.

Procedure

  1. Save a copy of the base template you created. Example: C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop\table_sizing_tutorial\table_sizing_tutorial-lesson3-table2.dta
  2. Open the new template in the Document Studio application.
  3. Enter a heading name:
    1. Double-click the text element contained in the paragraph element.
    2. Enter Table 2.
    3. Click OK.
  4. Select the table element.
  5. In the Properties view, expand formatting > specific.
  6. For the table autofit property, leave the value empty.
  7. For the resize to fit contents property, enter false.
  8. For the fixed cell width in column property, enter true.
  9. Save the template.

Test the output

Procedure

  1. Click the Preview current document-style report icon Preview current document-style report icon.
  2. Click Yes to continue without configuring the other outputs.
  3. In the Results window, click the link to the PDF.

Results

Result:
Table 2

Example

If I were to remove cell widths, what would the table output look like?:
To remove the cell width values:
  1. In the Document Studio application, select Cell 1.
  2. In the Properties view, expand formatting > specific.
  3. For the cell width property, delete the value.
  4. Repeat step 3 to remove the cell width values for Cell 2 and Cell 3.
  5. Rename the heading:
    1. Double-click the text element contained in the paragraph element.
    2. Enter Table 2: No cell widths specified.
    3. Click OK.
  6. Save the changes.
  7. Test the output.
If you removed the cell widths from each cell element, all column widths are the same in the table. The row height is adjusted to allow for the content in them:
Example of table two where no cell widths are specified.

Lesson checkpoint

You generated a table with cell widths specified, but the cells do not resize based on their content.