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Quickly Generate Table Content

Build a large table from lists and combinatorial data quickly and easily.

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Written by Laura Berwick
Updated over a week ago

This article covers the following topics:

  • Inserting Generated Table Content

  • Description of Content Generation Controls

  • Now What?

Inserting Generated Table Content

  1. Place your cursor where you wish to insert your table.

  2. Click the Insert Table control in the toolbar.

  3. Click the More Options control.


  4. In the Insert Table dialog, click the Generate Table Content link.


  5. Use the controls presented in the Generate Table Content dialog to build your table content. These controls are described in detail below.



    A preview of your table is provided in the right-hand portion of this dialog.

  6. Once your table meets your needs, click the Generate Table button. Your table will be inserted at your cursor location.

Description of Content Generation Controls

Add and Remove Columns

These controls are provided after each set of column parameters as shown, allowing you to add additional columns at that insertion point, or remove the column defined above. Note that the first column cannot be removed.

Column Type

This dropdown control allows you to select from among List, Range, and Fill Value types of data to be generated for each column. These types are described in more detail below, with respect to the parameters available for each.

Column Header

This text entry field allows you to assign header text that will appear at the top of the generated table for each column.

Prefix

This text entry field allows you to enter a text string that will appear as a prefix to the cell entries generated for that column based on the parameters below.

List Type and Parameters

Lists provide a set of increasing, non-repeating, alphanumeric values based on the following parameters.

  • Start At - An integer value that may be typed or adjusted with arrows, indicating a list position at which generated list data will begin. The actual generated data will depend on the Number Style selected. E.g., a Start At value of "2" may yield a list datum of "2.", "02.", "B.", "b.", "II.", or "ii.".

  • Increment - A numerical value that may be typed or adjusted with arrows, indicating a list position interval between each generated list datum. The actual generated data will depend on the Number Style selected.

  • Number Style - A dropdown control providing numbering style options as follows:

    • Decimal - "1."

    • Decimal with Leading Zero - "01."

    • Lowercase Roman - "i."

    • Uppercase Roman - "I."

    • Lowercase Latin - "a."

    • Uppercase Latin - "A."

Range Type and Parameters

Ranges provide increasing sets of numeric values that may repeat in combination with other column types if so defined, based on the following parameters.

  • From - An integer value that may be typed or adjusted with arrows, indicating the number at which the range will begin.

  • To - An integer value that may be typed or adjusted with arrows, indicating the number at which the range will end.

  • Increment - An integer value that may be typed or adjusted with arrows, indicating the interval between range elements between the From and To values.

  • Mode - Instructs the generator whether or not to repeat the numeric range values, as follows:

    • Combine - The generator creates a table including all of the possible combinations of the listed values with other column data, based on other column settings.

    • Repeat - The generator repeats the range as many times as will fill the rows generated, based on other column settings.

    • No Repeat - The generator lists each element of the range once in that column. If more rows than values are generated, the extra cells in this column will be left empty.

Fill Value Controls

Fill Value allows you to type a comma-delimited set of text strings that may repeat in combination with other column types if so defined, based on the following parameters.

  • Fill Value - A text entry field where you may type your desired values (text strings), with separate elements deliminted by commas.

  • Mode - Instructs the generator whether or not to repeat the values listed, as follows:

    • Combine - The generator creates a table including all of the possible combinations of the listed values with other column data, based on other column settings.

    • Repeat - The generator repeats the list of values as many times as will fill the rows generated, based on other column settings.

    • No Repeat - The generator lists each value once in that column. If more rows than values are generated, the extra cells in this column will be left empty.

Table Length Settings

  • All Ranges - Instructs the generator to create a table that contains all values generated based on the column parameters, regardless of table length.

  • Set Number of Rows - Instructs the generator to limit the length of the table to a number of rows based on a number you type or use the arrows to adjust in the field provided.

Now What?

These tables can get rather lengthy rather quickly. To save page space, you may wish to apply multi-column formatting to them once they are generated and part of your specification.

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