Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Rarely have I created the perfect table. Oh, maybe I’ve had instant success with a 1-column table or
something simple. Most of the time, however, you’ll find that your table requires some adjustments,
some formatting, or tines and tweaks to get things just right. That’s all possible, using the Table
Tools tabs after the table has been created.
The Table Tools tabs show up only when a table is being edited or selected.
The best time to format and mess with a table is after you finish putting text into the table.
Manipulating a table with the mouse
For quick-and-dirty table manipulation, you can use the mouse. Here are some tips:
Positioning the mouse on a vertical line in the table’s grid changes the mouse pointer
to the thing shown in the margin. You can adjust the line left or right and resize the surrounding
You can also adjust cell width by using the Ruler, by pointing the mouse at the Move
Table Column button that appears above each table cell gridline.
Pointing the mouse at a horizontal line changes the mouse pointer to the one shown in
the margin. At that time, you can use the mouse to adjust the line up or down and change the
row height of surrounding cells.
Insert a new row by pointing the mouse outside the table’s left edge and clicking on
the + (plus) button, as shown in the margin. The row is inserted below the location where you
click the button.
Just as you can insert a new row, you can insert a new column by pointing the mouse
at the table’s top edge. Click the + (plus) button, shown in the margin, to add a row.