Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Laying Out Your Table
✦ Selecting columns: Move the pointer above the column and click when
you see the down-pointing arrow; click and drag to select several
columns. You can also start from the (Table Tools) Layout tab, click in the
column you want to select, click the Select button, and choose Select
Column in the drop-down list. To select several columns, select cells in
the columns before choosing the Select Column command.
✦ Selecting a table: On the (Table Tools) Layout tab, click the Select
button, and choose Select Table on the drop-down list (or press Alt+5 on
the numeric keypad).
Laying Out Your Table
Very likely, you created too many or too few columns or rows for your table.
Some columns are probably too wide and others too narrow. If that’s the
case, you have to change the table layout by deleting, inserting, and
changing the size of columns and rows, not to mention changing the size of the
table itself. In other words, you have to modify the table layout. (Later in this
chapter, “Decorating your table with borders and colors” shows how to put
borders around tables and embellish them in other ways.)
Changing the size of a table, columns, and rows
The fastest way to adjust the width of columns, the height of rows, and the
size of a table itself is to ”eyeball it” and drag the mouse:
✦ Column or row: Move the pointer onto a gridline or border, and when
the pointer changes into a double-headed arrow, start dragging. Tug and
pull, tug and pull until the column or row is the right size.
You can also go to the (Table Tools) Layout tab and enter
measurements in the Height and Width text boxes to change the width of a
column or the height of a row. The measurements affect entire columns
or rows, not individual cells.
✦ A table: Select your table and use one of these techniques to change its
• Dragging: Drag the top, bottom, or side of the table. You can also
drag the lower-right corner to change the size vertically and
• Height and Width text boxes: On the (Table Tools) Layout tab, enter
measurements in the Height and Width text boxes.
• Table Properties dialog box: On the (Table Tools) Layout tab,
click the Cell Size group button, and on the Table tab of the Table
Properties dialog box, enter a measurement in the Preferred Width