GridSpan.vb
''
'' This code is part of GrapeCity Documents for Word samples.
'' Copyright (c) GrapeCity, Inc. All rights reserved.
''
Imports System.Drawing
Imports GrapeCity.Documents.Word

'' This sample creates a simple table and uses GridSpan
'' to visually extend a cell to 2 adjacent cells.
Public Class GridSpan
    Function CreateDocx() As GcWordDocument
        Dim doc = New GcWordDocument()

        '' Add a table:
        doc.Body.Sections.First.GetRange().Paragraphs.Add(
            "Here is a 5 columns by 3 rows table, with three middle cells in row 2 merged:")
        Dim tableData = {
            ({"row 1, col 1", "row 1, col 2", "row 1, col 3", "row 1, col 4", "row 1, col 5"}),
            ({"row 2, col 1", "row 2, col 2", "row 2, col 3", "row 2, col 4", "row 2, col 5"}),
            ({"row 3, col 1", "row 3, col 2", "row 3, col 3", "row 3, col 4", "row 3, col 5"})
        }
        Dim t = doc.Body.Sections.First.GetRange().Tables.Add(tableData)

        '' Create a New table style:
        Dim ts1 = doc.Styles.Add("Table Style 1", StyleType.Table)
        '' We can enumerate all table borders, including inside borders:
        For Each border In ts1.Table.Borders

            border.LineStyle = LineStyle.Triple
            border.LineWidth = 0.5F
            border.Color.RGB = Color.Purple
        Next
        '' Overwrite inside border's line styles:
        ts1.Table.Borders.InsideHorizontal.LineStyle = LineStyle.Double
        ts1.Table.Borders.InsideVertical.LineStyle = LineStyle.Double
        '' Add some padding:
        ts1.Table.Padding.All = 3

        '' Assign the style to the table:
        t.Style = ts1

        '' Set up cell (1,1) to visually span two following cells
        Dim cell = t.Rows(1).Cells(1)
        cell.Format.GridSpan = 3
        '' Remove the 2 following cells (unless we want to create a jagged table):
        t.Rows(1).Cells(3).Delete()
        t.Rows(1).Cells(2).Delete()

        t.Rows(1).Cells(1).GetRange().Paragraphs.First.Delete()
        t.Rows(1).Cells(1).GetRange().Paragraphs.Add("Cell in col 2 merged with cells in cols 3 & 4")

        '' Done:
        Return doc
    End Function
End Class