Modifying Rows and Columns by Keyboard

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When you insert or delete cells, rows or columns in a table, the Behavior of rows/columns options determine how the neighboring elements are affected. For example, you can only insert new rows and columns into a table with fixed row and column dimensions if space permits.

Note.png Note that these properties are valid only for changes to the column width that are made using the keyboard. Using the mouse, you are free to make any column width changes.

To set the Behavior of rows/columns' options for tables in text documents, choose Tools - Options' - LibreOffice Writer - Table. There are three display modes for tables:

  • Fixed - changes only affect the adjacent cell, and not the entire table. For example, when you widen a cell, the adjacent cell becomes narrower, but the width of the table remains constant.
  • Fixed, proportional - changes affect the entire table, and wide cells shrink more than narrow cells. For example, when you widen a cell, the adjacent cells become proportionally narrower, but the width of the table remains constant.
  • Variable - changes affect the table size. For example, when you widen a cell, the width of the table increases.

Related Topics

Resizing Rows and Columns in a Text Table

Adding or Deleting a Row or Column to a Table Using the Keyboard

Merging and Splitting Cells