BB2At the top of Browsing Bowser’s To-Do List is the task to create an inventory to track his prized chew-bone collection. Although it is currently small, BB has grandiose plans to greatly increase his bone collection. As a savvy and “safe” collector, BB has diversified the locations of his assets — he has buried them in various places across his “estate”.

To manage his growing collection, BB has decided to devise a simple List of his assets including relevant information. He wants this List to be clean looking; simple to use; easy to edit and maintain. Being a bit of a computer canine, BB has chosen to create a digital List using his word processing program.

Good choice, BB.  Keep it Simple.  A spreadsheet might be overkill for this small project.  All the Inventory List needs is a title on one line; column titles on the next line; then inventory information under each column title.  Hmmm – Columns…  BB had trouble using columns before.  He feels it is easier to herd mice than deal with those things!  So he decides to just use tabs to setup the order of his Inventory List. Tabs sound simple enough – until BB starts to type and uses those Tab keys!

Grrrrrr… Information is shifting and jumping with each tab stroke!  Nothing is lining up! Information is in the wrong place! Each effort to correct the last Tab jump makes the List even more incorrect!  More Grrrrrrr….   It’s like expecting a pen full of puppies to line up at the food bowl for dinner… No Control. No Order. And little hope for it!

What to do? What to do??? Well…

A spreadsheet is still a possible solution. But it looks so, so “spreadsheet”… BB wanted a simple, clean looking List.

Here’s another solution — using a word processing program, create and insert a TABLE into a document; enter necessary data into each cell in the Table; then remove the lines/borders from the Table, resulting in a clean looking and very orderly List.

BB tried it and liked it! If you like his idea, here’s how he created his simple List:

In the Word Processing Program,

• Find the menu item to Insert a “Table

• Define the table. BB needed 5 Columns across; he wanted room for growth of his collection so he defined it to have 15 Rows down.

• He entered appropriate headings and data into the Table cells.

Here is what BB’s resulting Table looked like:

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But BB wanted a “clean” looking List. The lines and borders make it look like a Table.  Not clean and simple looking…

To achieve the Clean List Look BB found the Table’s menu tool that controlled the borders and chose to remove ALL borders.

Voila! Borders become invisible!

boneinv2Now the Inventory List has the Clean Look that BB desired. All information is correct and lined up – perfectly!

Borders can be turned on and off at will – turning them on to edit or maintain the table; then turning them off for that Clean List Look……

Simplify….  BB liked it…

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” — Hans Hofmann

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