Change the width of a column

A column width can be proportional or fixed. If you do not specify a width, the columns are equal in width, and the width is calculated based on the width of the table itself.

When you specify a value in the Proportional Width property, you are specifying its width in proportion to other columns in the same table. For example, consider a table with three columns: columns A, B and C. Column A has a proportional width setting of 1, column B has a proportional width of 2, and column C has a proportional width of 3. This means that column B is two times as wide as column A, and column C is three times as wide as column A.

When you specify a value as Fix Width, you are giving an absolute size for that column. By default, the number entered refers to points, but you can change the unit of measure by specifying the type of units used. See Unit Names.


If you specify both Proportional Width and Fix Width, the Fix Width value is used.

  1. Select the table.
    The controls (selection tabs) appear at the top of each column and to the left of each row.
  2. Place the cursor on the right-side border of the selection tab for the column you wish to size. You can then drag the column to make it bigger or smaller.
  3. For more precision, you can edit the property directly.
    • To change the column width in proportion to other columns, change the Proportional Width property. Using the up and down arrows on the property field increases and decreases in increments of one.
    • To specify a specific width, enter the value in the Fix Width property. Use the Reset button to clear the value from the Proportional Width property.