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Center Titles in Open Office Calc

Posted By On September 1, 2010 @ 11:59 AM In MS Office Help | No Comments

I see this all the time at school – students are forever giving me tables set up in spreadsheets where the table title is either left justified over the table columns or placed haphazardly “sort-of” in the center of the table. They just love to try to center titles by using a bunch of spaces or by putting the title in a cell that’s as close as they could get.

Either way it just looks wrong to me – especially when centering information over several columns is so very simple to do!

If this is you then you’re going to love this trick.

Before we start let me issue a warning… sometimes after cells have been merged into one certain actions will cause a problem with it… so I always wait and center up my titles after I’ve put everything together.

With that said, let’s get started.

The first thing I do is to enter my text in the left-most used column just above the table. (I like the text in the cell before I merge so that I can see the changes as I make them… it’s not mandatory to start with the text it’s just my preference.)

Now select all the cells in the row where you want your text centered.

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From here we’re off to the Formatting Toolbar and we’re looking for two buttons:

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Click each one – order doesn’t matter you just need them both to complete a merge and center. (OpenOffice doesn’t have a single button to do this so we need to do each step separately.)

Poof!

What was “off” looking is now beautifully placed over your information.

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Time to format text and really make it shine!

~ April

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