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How to define custom borders for a single cell in a Writer table?

asked 2013-11-12 12:48:17 +0200

David gravatar image

As in the question/title. When I right-click on the table, and select Table... for the properties, then theBorders tab, I can only get whole-table border formatting.

In Word, you can choose a "cell" option to limit formatting to a single cell. How to do that in Writer?

(I searched through previous Q&A's but could not find this problem addressed.)

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answered 2013-11-12 12:54:16 +0200

David gravatar image

updated 2013-11-13 21:05:38 +0200

It turns out I wasn't the only one who couldn't work this out.

A bit of searching found this helpful guide on the "Plan-B" site.

Essentially, you must select the cell you want to customized before bringing up the Table Format (properties) window. The "work-flow" is different from Word, then. Once you have selected the cell, THEN Table... > Borders presents with a cell-only dialog, rather than whole table.

Selecting the cell can be tricky if they're small, I've discovered. Simply left-click + hold > drag into two cells, then STILL holding, move back to single cell. (Hope that makes sense!) That movement gets a single cell.

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Amazing that simple feature needs an Internet search. Moreover, that doesn't work in the latest version...

Libre comme un oiseau gravatar imageLibre comme un oiseau ( 2018-01-06 11:32:02 +0200 )edit
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answered 2015-03-10 21:27:47 +0200

Silvio gravatar image

Thanks David, very useful!

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