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Tuesday, November 8th, 2011 by | Filed Under: OpenOffice

We’ve previously discussed using the Table menu to add tables to your Writer documents, but today I’d like to share with you how you can accomplish the same thing without ever taking your hands from the keyboard.

All it takes is a little plus and minus to get the job done… literally!

You can layout the number of columns and width of each with a simple series of plus (+) and minus (-) signs.

Use the plus sign to indicate where Writer should place a left / right side of a cell in the table and minus signs between them to indicate the cell width.

For example:


Once you hit the Enter key after the last plus sign the change will automatically occur.

To add more rows to your table hit the Tab key when you are in the last cell of the last row in the table.

A new row is added and you can quickly tab across the row to add yet another. (Actually I just held down the Tab key and watched as the rows were rapidly created one after another.)

That’s all there is to it – table creation with your keyboard – it doesn’t get any easier than that.

~ April

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4 Responses to “ Writer: Use Your Keyboard to Create a Table”

  1. balasubramanian.G says:

    Useful tip for those who want to be different and are key board savvy.

  2. James says:

    Great Tip, I have used OOO for years and not seen this before. Wasn’t able to find any reference in their ‘Help’ either. Almost as quick as Ctrl+F12.

    Thanks, keep up the great work,

  3. Stuart says:

    This will allow me to think table when I am trying to list things. the table looks better than commaed lists in sentence form.

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