Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing the Table Layout
INSIDE OUT Resize columns and rows using the ruler
Another way to adjust widths and heights is by dragging the column and row
separators on the ruler. But here’s a neat trick: Hold down Alt as you drag, and Word shows
precise measurements of each column or row in the ruler.
Adding and Removing Rows and Columns
Tools for adding or removing rows or columns are in the Rows & Columns group on the
Layout tab. You’ll find similar options on the menu that appears when you right-click in a
If you click Delete, Delete Cells, a dialog box appears, as shown here. You must tell Word
whether to move the remaining cells in the row to the left, or to move the remaining cells
in the column up.
Merging and Splitting Table Cells
In its Merge group, the Layout tab includes a tool for merging selected cells into a single
cell and another tool for splitting selected cells into the number of columns and rows that
you specify.
When you merge two or more cells into one, the content of all the original cells is
preserved in the new, single cell. Text that was once separated into individual cells is now
placed in separate paragraphs in a single cell.
As an alternative to the Merge Cells and Split Cells tools, you can perform these tasks with
the Eraser and Draw Table tools on the Design tab. Click Eraser and then click the
border between two cells to merge them. Click Draw Table and draw a line in a cell to split it
in two.
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