Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Editing a Table
Editing a Table
Editing a Table
After you’ve created a table, you may find that you need to change it. You might,
for example, want to make the table bigger to hold more data, or perhaps you didn’t
need as many rows as you thought you would. Tables are very flexible; it’s easy to edit
them to meet your needs.
Selecting Part or All of a Table
Just as you can select different parts of the text that makes up a document, you can
select different parts of a table. Once you’ve made your selection, you can format,
copy, or delete its contents.
Using your mouse
Here’s how to make selections in a table by using your computer’s mouse or touchpad:
Select a cell. Move your mouse pointer to the lower-left corner of any cell.
The pointer changes to a thick black arrow pointing toward the upper right, as
shown in Figure 3-5. (On a compass, the arrow would be pointing toward the
northeast.) Click to select the cell and its contents.
Select a range of cells. Click in the first cell of the range you want. Holding
down the Shift key, click in the last cell of the range. Alternatively, you can select
a cell (as described in the previous bullet) and, holding down the mouse button,
drag the selection cursor; let go of the mouse button when you’ve selected the
range you want.
Select a row. Move your mouse pointer to the lower-left corner of any cell in the
row you want. When the pointer changes to a thick black arrow, double-click to
select the entire row.
Tip: If your table spans the page, you can select one of its rows in the same way you select a line of text
(page 36): Move your pointer to the left margin of the page so that it points at the row you want, and then
click.
Select a column. Move your mouse pointer above the column you want. When
it becomes a thick black arrow pointing downward, click to select the column.
Select an entire table. Pass your mouse pointer over the table. When you do, a
small button containing a four-way arrow appears just outside the table’s
upperleft corner. This is the Select Table button, shown in Figure 3-5. Click it to select
the whole enchilada.
 
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