4. Add tables

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Note You can also view this tutorial as a movie on our website. The tutorial is also on your CD, if you purchased one.

The next step to creating your table plan is to add some tables for the guests to sit at. Click on the flowarrow3_163.Tables button in the Task tool bar. Click on the table_head_16Insert head table button in the Insert tool bar.


The table_head_16Insert head table window will appear.


Click the Add button. A long rectangular table with 8 seats down one side will now appear near the centre of the floorplan_16Floor Plan pane.


Click on the table_circular_16Insert circular table button in the left Insert tool bar. The table_circular_16Insert circular table window will appear. Change Seats to 6. Change Create to 2.


Note that you can see how many seats you will have after the tables have been added, in this case 20 seats.

Click the Add button. Two circular tables, each with 6 seats, will now appear in the floorplan_16Floor Plan pane. Click the zoom_16 Zoom so all tables visible button at the top of the floorplan_16Floor plan pane to centre and zoom on the tables you have added.

Drag a table (left click on the centre of a table, hold down the mouse button, move the mouse and then release). The table will be moved to a new position. Drag the tables to the approximate positions shown below.


Experiment with zooming in and out and scrolling the floor plan using the zoomi_16 and zoomo_16 buttons and the scroll bars.

Note You can also use the mouse wheel (if you have one) for zooming or scrolling (depending on the setting in the prefs_16Preferences window).

You can change the size of the floor plan using the ruler_16 button. This allows you to enter the dimensions of the venue in which the event will take place.

You can add shapes and text to the floor plan by clicking on the shape_16 and add_text_16 buttons.

You can rotate a table, shape or text by clicking the rotate_16 button. You can move a table, shape or text behind another by clicking the move_to_back_16 button.

You can change the colours and fonts in the floor plan by clicking the paint_16 button at the top of the pane.

The Status bar now shows that you have 7 guests and 20 seats:


Click on the flowarrow1_161.Guests button in the Task tool bar. Add another 11 guests using the same approach as in Tutorial section 2, so that you have a total of 18 guests. Set any groups, names, genders and proximities you like.

Click on the flowarrow3_163.Tables button in the Task tool bar. You now have 18 guests and 20 seats. Right click on the head table in the floorplan_16Floor plan pane and select edit_16Properties.


Change the number of seats to 6. Click the OK button.

There are now 18 seats and 18 guests.

Select File>save_16Save to save the plan.

Note PerfectTablePlan creates a back-up file every time you save the plan (unless you have disabled this in the prefs_16Preferences window). This is useful if you ever need to retrieve an old version of the plan.

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