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10.4: Use and modify tables in Stickies Apps
Tiger only hintI recently discovered that Stickies supports tables, even though there seems to be no menu interface for them. To access tables in Stickies, copy a portion of an Excel spreadsheet, TextEdit table, Pages table, etc., and paste it into Stickies. There you go, a table in Stickies. I haven't (yet?) found a way to create a table natively within Stickies, however.

You can change cell widths and heights by clicking on the dividers and dragging, as you'd expect. Perhaps a bit more surprising is that control-clicking within the table reveals an additional "Table" item at the top of the contextual menu. This contextual menu item opens the same "Table" palette that can be found in TextEdit (under the Format: Text: Table menu item).

[robg adds: I tested this in 10.3.9, and it doesn't work at all -- the pasted table just comes out as a single row of data. So my uneducated guess would be that table support is now native to the Cocoa text editing routines. Some apps, like TextEdit, contain an interface to the table code, while others like Stickies get the benefit of table handling, even without an interface. Perhaps someone with more technical knowledge than I could post a better explanation...]
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10.4: Use and modify tables in Stickies
Authored by: stingerman on Sep 12, '05 11:24:48AM

It's a new feature of the Cocoa class for text editing in Tiger. So any app tha uses the same class magically get's it, the beauty of Cocoa.



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10.4: Use and modify tables in Stickies
Authored by: sheppy on Feb 02, '06 07:33:00AM

An even cooler way to do this is to use Interface Builder to add a "Show Table Panel" option to the Font menu.

Open the MainMenu.nib file in Interface Builder (be sure to make a backup of Stickies first!), then drag a new menu item from the palette into the Font menu. Name it "Show Table Panel" and assign it a handy key equivalent (I used Command-Option-T).

Then double click on First Responder in the MainMenu.nib window, and add a new action named "orderFrontTablePanel:". This is a standard OS X 10.4 routine that opens the table panel.

Then control-click and drag from the new Show Table Panel menu option to the First Responder, choose "orderFrontTablePanel" in the Target/Action list, and click "Connect."

Save the nib, and run your new and improved Stickies, which now lets you create tables in sticky notes by choosing the new menu option.



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