Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Moving Rows and Columns
Editing a Table
• To insert a column to the left of the insertion point, select Table Tools |
Layout ➝ Insert Left (Alt, JL, L).
• To insert a column to the right of the insertion point, select Table Tools |
Layout ➝ Insert Right (Alt, JL, R).
You can also insert rows or columns by right-clicking inside the table in a cell that
will adjoin the new row or column. When you right-click, a shortcut menu appears;
select Insert and then choose what you want to insert: Columns to the Left, Columns
to the Right, Rows Above, Rows Below, or Cells (to insert a new cell). When you
choose a column or a row, Word inserts it where you indicated. When you choose
Cells, a dialog box opens with these additional options:
• Shift cells right. This shoves the contents of the row (after the insertion point)
to the right to make room for the empty cell.
• Shift cells down. This moves the contents of the column (after the insertion
point) down a row to make room for the empty cell.
• Insert entire row. This inserts a new row above the insertion point.
• Insert entire column. This inserts a new column to the left of the insertion
Tip: Here’s a great timesaver when you need to insert multiple adjacent rows or columns. Start by
selecting the same number of rows or columns you want to insert. If you want to insert two new columns at the
right side of your table, for example, select the two columns currently at right. Then use any of the
insertion methods described in this section. Word inserts the same number of rows or columns you selected.
Moving Rows and Columns
What if a row or column somehow landed in the wrong place? You can move it to
its proper location with good ol’ cutting and pasting. Select the row or column you
want to move, and then do this:
1. SelectHome ➝ Cut(Alt,H,XorCtrl+X).
Word deletes the row or column you selected and puts a copy of it on the Clipboard.
Tip: If cutting a whole row or column with all its contents makes you a little nervous, you can copy the
row or column for now and then go back and delete the original once the copy is in its new home. To
copy, select Home➝Copy (Alt, H, C or Ctrl+C).
For a row, click in a cell in the row below where the new row will appear. For a
column, click in a cell immediately to the right of where the new column will appear.