Best Practices & Tips

Tables: Word to PDF
Have you noticed that sometimes, table borders that you create in Word are missing from the PDF that you create using that file? This happens when you’ve applied cell padding to your table in Word. When converted to PDF, table padding is converted to objects that sometime obscure table borders. You’ll notice that if you zoom in (try 300%), borders will reappear. To fix this problem, you can do one of two things: 1) Remove table padding from your table in Word, or 2) Use Adobe Acrobat Professional to remove the “padding objects”, which actually doesn’t affect the table padding in the PDF.
To remove table padding from a PDF using Adobe Acrobat Professional,

  1. Zoom to about 200%-300% in your PDF (this makes things easier).
  2. Select the TouchUp Object tool from the Advanced Editing Toolbar (the TouchUp Object tool icon contains a square and a pencil).
  3. Click on the blank area directly below the table border section that’s missing. The “padding object” should be selected. Hit the Delete button on your keyboard.

That’s it! Don’t forget to Save your PDF file, after you make your changes.


By Monica Range, Online Course Consultant, ATCS

Fall Workshops and more…

Faculty & staff may now enroll for fall workshops. We have quite a few new workshops, including:

  • Secure Exams with LockDown Browser
  • Using the Accessible Syllabus Template
  • Online Surveys with Flashlight 2
  • Developing a Strategy for Your SacCT Course
  • Building an EndNote Library

In addition, we are excited to offer new delivery methods for some workshops, which means you can join the session in-person or online. Sessions that can be attended online have been identified with “Join Online!”.

This semester we are also rolling out new technologies, including the LockDown browser and Flashlight 2.0. The LockDown browser provides a method to secure your online exams and Flashlight 2.0 is used to create online surveys. Need to know more before you invest your time? Well, join Matt Kay as he demonstrates the LockDown browser and join Monica Range as she demonstrates Flashlight 2.0. In addition to short demonstration sessions, we are also offering step-by-step workshops for each new technology.

Join Cryssel Vera as she walks you through the process of converting your syllabus to an accessible format using our syllabus templates. Plus, Cryssel will guide you on the use of smart room and lab technologies.

We would love to post faculty online teaching and learning tips, best practices and examples of coursework in our eNewsletter and are certain your colleagues would benefit from your shared experiences. To become a part of our community of inquiry, send your suggestion to

Finally, please note the online teaching webinars, best practices and tips in the following posts.

Thank you,

Raymond Piña Manager & Training Coordinator, AIT
Academic Technology & Creative Services
(A Division of Academic Affairs)

Upcoming Workshops

Semester Workshop Schedule

Free academic technology workshops for faculty and staff. All workshops are held in AIRC 3013 (unless noted). Please register beforehand to ensure you’ll have a seat: Register Now

Join Online! SacCT:Quick Start THU, August 27 10:00 – 12:00
SacCT: Quick Start TUE, August 27 10:00 – 12:00
SacCT: Administer File Management and Organize Course Content TUE, Sept 08 10:00 – 12:00
Teaching in a Smart Classroom WED, Sept 09 3:00 – 5:00
iMEET for Business THUR, Sept 10 10:00 – 12:00
Word 2007 PC Platform: Essentials THUR, Sept 10 1:00 – 3:00
Join Online! Secure Exams with LockDown Browser TUE, Sept 15 9:00 – 10:00
Demo Session: Secure Exams with LockDown Browser TUE, Sept 15 9:00 – 10:00
Teaching in a Computer Lab – Effectively Managing Student Computers WED, Sept 16 10:00 – 12:00
Word 2007 PC Platform: Style Sheets and Formatting THUR, Sept 17 1:00 – 3:00