CorelDRAW table tool – Part 1

17/03/2009

CorelDRAWs Table tool can come in handy for complex web-to-print layouts. These are some of its features to help you better understand how it works.

About the tool

The Table tool can be found in CorelDRAW toolbox menu on the left. This is a new tool that was introduced in CorelDRAW X4 for the first time. Learn more about using the CorelDRAW table tool in your web-to-print templates. Part 1 of this tutorial covers:

Checkout Part 2 of this tutorial to learn how to add colors, texts and images to the table.

Drawing tables

There are two ways to draw a table:

CorelDRAW table tool/

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Activate CorelDRAW Table tool from the toolbox on the left, click and drag on the page to draw the table.

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CorelDRAW create new table/

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Go to Table/Create New Table… in the top CorelDRAW menu and specify the table dimensions, rows and columns.

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Table borders

You can change the values of the border width and colors in the top properties bar of the table tool.

CorelDRAW table borders/

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To adjust each of the borders separately, click on the border icon and choose the borders you wish to change from the drop-down menu.

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CorelDRAW color borders/

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This option lets you create borders with different colors and different widths.

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Combine/Split table cells

CorelDRAW select table cells/
To select table cells you need to click on a cell with the CorelDRAW Table tool, hold and drag the cursor till you see the desired cell(s) highlighted.

CorelDRAW merge or split table cellsWith the cell(s) selected, click on one of the icons at the end of the top table properties bar to:

  • Combine the selected cells into a single cell;
  • Split the selected cells horizontally;
  • Split the selected cells vertically or
  • Split the selected cell back to the state it was before you merged it.

Cell spacing

There are two ways to add space between the cells in your table.

CorelDRAW table options/

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The easier and more accurate way is to add cell spacing through the options menu in the top settings bar.

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CorelDRAW general cellspacing/

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Use this option to add generic values for all horizontal and/or vertical spaces between the cells in the table.

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Another way to do it is to add additional cell columns and rows and use them as empty spaces between cells.

CorelDRAW manual table cell spacing/

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This option is useful when you’re trying to add different width spaces between specific cells of the table.

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Note. The minimum cell width and height is 4mm.

Useful links

  • Creating a flyer in CorelDRAW X4 using the Table Tool and Live Text Preview from corel.com
  • Quick flyer layout using Table tool in CorelDraw video tutorial at coreldrawtips.com
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