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HowTo: Make Table With Variable Column Widths?

asked 2019-07-19 20:56:53 +0200

robhwill gravatar image

updated 2019-07-19 21:04:31 +0200

Hi All! I need to create a table using different variable column width like this:

Page Format: Landscape / Margins: 0.25" (left / right); 0.50" (top/bottom)

Column 1: 1/2" (one column this size only) Column 2: 2 3/4" (one columns this size) Column 2 - 28: 0.25" each (26 columns total) Rows: 25 total, top-to-bottom (of page)

The column 1 and column 2 works out OK, but column 3 - 28 are giving me fits!! Any assistance or advice welcome. Thank you for your time and patience. Have A Healthy, Prosperous Day!

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Edit: Using LibreOffice ver on openSUSE 42.3; reason: forgot version number

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answered 2019-07-19 23:07:18 +0200

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updated 2019-07-19 23:17:24 +0200


probably you did not change the table properties immeadiately after the creation of the table. Proceed as follows:

  • Insert the table Table -> Insert and specifiy number of columns and rows
  • Right click into the table and select Table Properties -> Tab: Table
  • Change in Category: Alignment Option: Left (may be all others may work as well but I did not test. Important is here that it is not option Automatic. This step also enables another option important for the next step.
  • After step above move to tab Columns and tick option Adapt Table Width
  • Now you should be able to specify you "Column Width" without the others changing while you make one working.

See this Sample (I did not care about page margins, please adapt yourself)

Tested using LibreOffice:

Version:, Build ID: 1ec314fa52f458adc18c4f025c545a4e8b22c159, CPU threads: 8; OS:
 Linux 4.12; UI render: default; VCL: kde5; Locale: en-US (en_US.UTF-8); UI-Language: en-US,
 Calc: threaded
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