Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Don’t fret if you’ve already started a table by using tabs and tab stops. Word deftly converts
plain text into a table; refer to the section “Converting text into a table,” later in this chapter.
Word lets you easily add or remove rows or columns to or from a table. Don’t worry
about getting the table dimensions wrong when you first create it. See the later section, “Adjust-
The table is initially created at the same width as your document’s paragraph margins. As you
add more columns, each column gets smaller.
The two special tabs that appear on the Ribbon, Design and Layout, show up anytime the
insertion pointer dwells in a table’s midst.
I recommend starting the table on a blank line by itself. Furthermore, type a second
blank line after the line you put the table on. That makes it easier to continue typing text after
the table is created.
Making a table
Just to confuse you, Word offers multiple ways to create a table. It’s one of those let’s-deluge-the-
user-with-options things that Microsoft does so well. Depending on how well you get along with
Word, you can choose one of the various ways.
The best way to create a table
The most consistent way to make a table in Word is to use the grid on the Table button’s menu, as
shown in Figure 19-1 . Follow these steps:
1. Move the insertion pointer to the location where you want the table in your document.
Tables dwell in your document like paragraphs, existing on a line by themselves.
2. Click the Insert tab.
3. Click the Table button.
4. Drag the mouse through the grid to create in your document a table that has the number of
rows and columns you need for the table.
For example, Figure 19-2 shows a 4-column-by-3-row table being created by dragging the mouse.
As you drag the mouse pointer on the menu, the table’s grid appears in your document.
5. Release the mouse button to begin working on the table.