Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Formatting a Table
Figure 8-8 These tabs appear under Table Tools whenever the insertion point or selection is in a
When a cell is wider or taller than its contents, where should the text go within that space?
You’ll probably want ordinary text to be left and top aligned, but you might want to set
column headings so that they’re centered and bottom aligned. You might want a column of
numbers to be right aligned.
To get any of these permutations (or others), select the cells you want to align. Then, in the
Alignment group on the Layout tab (see Figure 8-8), select one of the nine options (every
combination of left, center, and right; and top, middle, and bottom).
Note that you can use paragraph formatting and styles within a table cell, which allows you
to set other alignment options, such as paragraph indents, hanging indents, bullet lists, and
To rotate text in the selected cells 90 degrees in either direction, click Text Direction (in the
Alignment group on the Layout tab).
Rotating text to a nonperpendicular angle is not so easy. You can select the text to rotate
(but not the entire cell), convert it to WordArt (click Insert, WordArt), and then rotate the
WordArt object. (For details, see “Applying Text Effects with WordArt” on page 182 and “Resiz-
ing and Rotating Graphics and Pictures” on page 157.) Alternatively, insert an Excel worksheet
in your document, and use Excel to rotate the text in selected cells to any angle.