Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Figure 19-3: Drawing a table in a document.
Start in the upper-left corner of where you envision your table and drag to the lower-right corner,
which tells Word where to insert the table. You see an outline of the table as you drag down and to
the right (refer to Figure 19-3 ).
Continue to create the table by drawing rows and columns, as illustrated in the figure. As long as the
mouse pointer looks like a pencil, you can use it to draw the rows and columns in your table.
Press the Esc key to end table-creation mode.
The “I can’t do anything — please help” approach to creating a table
Word comes with an assortment of predefined, formatted tables. Plopping one down in your
document is as easy as using the Quick Tables submenu, chosen from the Table menu on the Insert tab
(refer to Figure 19-1 ) . Keep scrolling that menu; you’ll discover more tables available than just the
After inserting a Quick Table, all you need to do is add or edit the existing text. You can even use
the Table Tools Design tab to instantly reformat the table. Or just succumb to the desire to manually
format your table, as described elsewhere in this chapter.
Text in Tables
Text pours into a table on a cell-by-cell basis. You can type a word, sentence, or even a paragraph.
All that text stays in the cell, though the cell changes size to accommodate larger quantities of text.
You can format a table’s cell just like any paragraph in Word, even adding margins and tabs. All the
standard text and paragraph formats apply to cells in a table just as they do to regular text, but your
first duty is to get text into a table’s cell.