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Created/Edited: Nov 14, 2006 / Nov 15, 2006

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I've recently started using tables in pages I've created.
After looking at the FAQ about HTML I made my first table.
This first table was small, therefore quick and easy to manage.

But then I thought if I make a bigger table, it would take a lot of time, and I might forget some "tr" or "td".
So I created a frame I could use over and over, for a faster and easier way to make a table in an SP page.

Maybe some of you already operate like described below... but I thought it would be a good idea to share this with you.

6-Step Procedure

Step 1 :

Open an Excel file and fill-in the cells as shown on the picture underneath.
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-> You can change the information about "border", "cellspacing" and "color" the way you like.
-> Fill in the cells between "td" and "/td" with your information
-> I added some "underscores" on each side of the top word to enlarge the columns, but it's not compulsory.
-> It is important to add the "noformat" "/noformat" to take-off any useless space.
-> Save your Excel file for future tables.

-> If you do not have Excel, you can download for free OpenOffice which works as fine (it also includes an equivalent to Word & Powerpoint).

Step 2 :

Select and copy the relevant cells of your Excel file and paste them into a "New Message" in Outlook Express, as shown below.
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Step 3 :

Next, select the option "Plain Text" as mentionned below (this shows Outlook Express in French... sorry !)
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Step 4 :

Select the whole "no format" text and copy it into your Summitpost page
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Step 5 :

Once you're done editing your page, press "Submit Object"
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Step 6 :

Final result...
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I hope this will be useful.
Eazy peazy, let's get busy !
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RyanSVery nice!


Voted 10/10

That's the same method I use. As an alternative to using Outlook in step 3, any plain-text editor (e.g. Notepad) will fit the bill.
Posted Nov 14, 2006 8:04 pm

AndinoRe: Very nice!


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Indeed yes. Thanks for your comment.
Posted Nov 15, 2006 7:55 am

nartrebskip steps 2 and 3


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Just select all the relevant cells of the spreadsheet, copy and paste directly into SP. It works fine. In fact it's better, because it leaves blank spaces between your columns so you can more easily recognize and edit them later. (These blank spaces do no harm as long as you use the NOFORMAT tag.)

PS "texte brut" == "plain text".

Posted Nov 14, 2006 8:10 pm

AndinoRe: skip steps 2 and 3


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Thanks for adding this possibility.
I'm sure there are several ways to achieve the same goal ;o)
Posted Nov 15, 2006 7:55 am

DustianoI wish...


Voted 10/10

...I saw this two weeks ago! I spent a long time teaching myself how to make a table through trial and error. THANKS!
Posted Nov 14, 2006 9:34 pm

AndinoRe: I wish...


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Pleasure !
Posted Nov 15, 2006 7:56 am

Steve LarsonVery creative

Steve Larson

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Thanks for posting.
Posted Nov 15, 2006 6:02 pm

AndinoRe: Very creative


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Thanks for reading ;o)
Posted Nov 16, 2006 7:15 am

William MarlerVery useful

William Marler

Voted 10/10

Thanks. Cheers William
Posted Dec 9, 2006 4:27 pm

AndinoRe: Very useful


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My pleasure !
Posted Sep 14, 2007 3:40 am

Vic HansonA Big Help!

Vic Hanson

Voted 10/10

I was doing a tent gear review today and realized I needed to do a table but didn't know how. I remembered seeing the title of your article a while back. I found it and it saved the day, thanks.
Posted May 5, 2007 10:17 pm

AndinoRe: A Big Help!


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Glad that it could help you out ;o)
Posted May 20, 2007 1:26 pm

NanulsI've only just seen this


Voted 10/10

Great article, only wish I'd found it earlier, would have saved me a lot of time. Thanks for posting!
Posted Aug 1, 2007 11:52 am

AndinoRe: I've only just seen this


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Pleasure ;o)
Posted Aug 1, 2007 12:00 pm

argothorNice table trick


Voted 10/10

Nice lesson on how to do tables. Never considered using a spreadsheet to set up a table, but now that I see it used it makes perfect sense. One small correction however, for most tags you need an open tag as well as a closing tag, so for the tr tag don't you need a corresponding /tr tag?
Posted Oct 19, 2007 12:56 pm

AndinoRe: Nice table trick


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Yes you need it everytime.
The good thing about the spreadsheet is that you can reuse as many times as you want and therefore save a lot of time
Posted Oct 19, 2007 2:48 pm

D-boGreat Article


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This is exactly what I was looking for to enhance my profile page.
Posted Feb 11, 2009 9:36 pm

AndinoRe: Great Article


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My pleasure... enjoy !
Posted Feb 19, 2009 11:14 am

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