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[Hot Tips for...] NewWrite

NewWrite Charts or Tables

Here's one way to do charts or tables in NewWrite.
  1. If your table is wide, choose Page Size in the File menu, then select the landscape orientation. Apply, then close.
  2. Choose Page Setup, select the number of columns to match the number of columns you need. Choose a rule width of 1 or 2 points. Apply, then close.
  3. In each column, enter a few returns to give you some working space in each column, then Ctrl+Enter to move to the next column. This just makes it easier to move around the columns.
  4. Edit each column for the information you want it to display. Use any fonts you wish.
  5. When you're all done with the content of the chart, choose Scale to Fit in the View menu. Choose drawing tools, and select the box tool. While holding down the control key (to make the box white rather than black), outline the entire dotted page. This should put a box around the entirety, with the columns separated by vertical lines.
  6. Now just draw horizontal lines where you want them. Hold down the shift key to get perfectly straight lines.

Creating Tables from NewCalc

NewWrite has no automatic Tables features and does not understand the concept of cells. Cell contents copied and pasted from NewCalc are translated into left-tabbed text.

To change the tab attribution, all you need to do is open Paragraph, Tabs, select each tab and change it. If you wish to center the text and put vertical tab lines between the items, use Find and Replace to replace each tab character with two tab characters. Then add a tab marker between each two tab markers in the ruler. Every other tab marker is used for the vertical lines and the alternating tab markers can be configured for center instead of left.

In most cases, this will leave one problem: your first column has no tab and is left-justified, throwing off column spacing. To fix this, insert another tab at the end of each line. Do this in one operation by selecting all the text in the table and use Find and Replace to replace each carriage return with a tab plus a carriage return.

As you probably know, you can change a tab attributes globally by selecting all lines, or for individual lines by selecting just the line you want to work on.

You may prefer to cut the table and paste it into the graphics layer when it's complete.

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Last Modified 7 Mar 1999