Formatting a Table

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Formatting a Table

Formatting a Table

Tables in Microsoft Word, and the data within them, can be customized in many ways. We cover a few of the more common ways below.

Inserting Columns and Rows in Tables

To insert a column or row in a table in Microsoft Word:

  1. Place your cursor in a cell adjacent to where you want to add a column or row.
  2. On the TABLE TOOLS LAYOUT tab, in the Rows & Columns group, click the Insert option that accomplishes your goal: Rows and Columns Insert Options

Deleting Columns and Rows in Tables

To delete a column, row or cell in a table in Microsoft Word:

  1. Place your cursor in the column, row or cell you wish to delete.
  2. On the TABLE TOOLS LAYOUT tab, in the Rows & Columns group, click Delete: Delete in Rows and Columns Group of Table Tools Layout Tab
    1. To delete a column or row, or to delete the whole table, select that option: Deletion Options
    2. To delete a cell or cells, click Delete Cells: Delete CellsThen choose whether the remaining cells should shift left or shift up, and click OK: Delete Cells Dialog Box

Aligning Text in Tables

The text in each cell within a table can be aligned left, right, and center and also top, bottom and center. To align text in tables:

  1. Select the cell or cells for which you wish to adjust the alignment.
  2. On the TABLE TOOLS LAYOUT tab, in the Alignment group, click the alignment option of your choice: Alignment Options

The direction of the text in each cell is left to right by default, but can be changed to top to bottom and bottom to top. To change the direction of text in a cell:

  1. Select the cell or cells for which you wish to adjust the text direction.
  2. On the TABLE TOOLS LAYOUT tab, in the Alignment group, click Text Direction: Text Direction
    1. Click Text Direction once to set the direction to top to bottom.
    2. Click Text Direction twice to set the direction to bottom to top.
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