Archive for March 17th, 2006

How to change the look of a table

The look and feel of your tables are a critical part of providing clear, concise, and meaningful results. For example, if your table is difficult to read, the information contained within that table may not be easily understood.

In this log we will introduce the tablelook option in SPSS.

Double-click the table.

From the menus choose: Format > Tablelook

The TableLooks dialog box lists a variety of predefined styles. Select a style from the list to preview it in the Sample window to the right.
You can use a style as is, or you can edit an existing style to better suit your needs. To use an existing style, select one and click OK.

Although you can change the format of a table after it has been created, it may be more efficient to change the default TableLook so that you do not have to change the format every time you create a table. To change the default TableLook style for your pivot tables, from the menus choose:

Edit > Options> Pivot Tables

Select the TableLook style that you want to use for all new tables. Click OK to save your settings and close the dialog box. All tables that you create after changing the default TableLook automatically conform to the new formatting rules.

(Source: SPSS 12.0 Brief guide)

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