Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Adjusting the table
It’s the Table Tools Layout tab that harbors many of the command buttons and items that let you
manipulate and adjust a table. Start your table design journey by placing the insertion pointer
somewhere within the table itself. Then you can peruse this section for some popular things to do with the
table by using the Table Tools Layout tab.
Insert columns or rows
You can expand a table by adding rows or columns, and the rows or columns can be added inside the
table or appended to any of the table’s four sides. Four commands in the Rows & Columns group
make this task possible: Insert Above, Insert Below, Insert Left, and Insert Right. The row or
column that’s added is relative to where the insertion pointer is within the table.
Delete cells, columns, or rows
The key to deleting all or part of a table is to first position the insertion pointer in the part of the
table you want to remove. Then choose the table element to remove from the Delete button’s menu;
the Delete button is found in the Rows & Columns group.
When you choose the Delete Cells command, you see a dialog box asking what to do with the other
cells in the row or column: Move them up or to the left. Yes, deleting a cell may make your table
asymmetrical.
Adjust row and column size
Gizmos in the Cell Size group let you fine-tune the table’s row height or column width. Adjustments
that are made affect the row or column containing the insertion pointer.
The Distribute Rows and Distribute Columns command buttons, found in the Cell Size
group, help clean up uneven column or row spacing in a table. With the insertion pointer
anywhere in the table, click either or both buttons to even things out.
Align text
Text within a cell can be aligned just like a paragraph: left, center, or right. Additionally, the text can
be aligned vertically: top, middle, or bottom. Combine these options and you have an explanation
for the nine orientation buttons in the Alignment group.
Reorient text
The Text Direction button in the Alignment group changes the way text reads in a cell or group of
selected cells. Normally, text is oriented from left to right. By clicking the Text Direction button
once, you change the text direction to top-to-bottom. Click the button again, and the direction is
changed to bottom-to-top. Clicking a third time restores the text to its normal direction.
Sadly, you cannot create upside-down text with the Text Direction button.
 
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