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Inserting a Blank Table
Creating a table in Word is a three-step process. First, you use the Table button on
the Insert tab to insert a blank table structure. Then you enter information into the table.
Finally, you format the table to make it easy to read.
The Table button allows you to drag the mouse pointer across a blank grid to select the
numbers of rows and columns you want to include in your table. A Live Preview of the table
structure appears in the document as you drag the mouse pointer. The table is inserted in the
document when you release the mouse button.
You need to move the “Probable Expenditures” section to a new page, so you will
have plenty of room for the new table. You will insert a manual page break to move this
section to its own page.
To insert a page break and insert a blank table:
1. Click at the beginning of the heading “Probable Expenditures” and then press
the Ctrl+Enter keys. The heading and the body text following it move to a new,
third page.
2. Press the Ctrl+End keys to move the insertion point to the blank paragraph at the
end of the document.
3. Click the Insert tab, and then click the Table button in the Tables group. A table
grid opens, with a menu at the bottom.
4. Click in the upper-left cell of the grid, and then hold the left mouse button down as
you drag the pointer down and across the grid to highlight two columns and four
rows . (The outline of a cell turns orange when it is highlighted.) As you drag the
pointer across the grid, Word indicates the size of the table (columns by rows) at the
top of the grid. A Live Preview of the table structure appears in the document. See
Figure 3-7.
Figure 3-7
Inserting a blank table
Insert tab
Table button
number of columns
and rows selected
Live Previ ew of table
2 columns and
4 rows highlighted
5. When the table size is 2 × 4, release the mouse button. An empty table consisting
of two columns and four rows is inserted in the document, with the insertion point
in the upper-left cell. The two columns are of equal width. Because nonprinting
characters are displayed in the document, each cell contains an end-of-cell mark,
and each row contains an end-of-row mark, which are important for selecting
parts of a table. The Table Tools Design and Layout contextual tabs appear on the
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