Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Deleting All or Part of a Table
Formatting a Table
Tip: If you’ve ever created a table at the very top of a document and then tried to add a line of regular
text above the table, you know it’s hard to do—Word wants to put your text into the table. When you’ve
got a table at the top of a document, here’s a trick that lets you insert a line of text above it: Put the cursor
at the beginning of the table’s upper-left cell—the one that’s in the first row and the first column. Select
Split Table, and Word pushes the whole table down a line. Now you’ve got room to type above the table.
Deleting All or Part of a Table
You can delete any cell, row, or column from a table, or the table itself. First, select
what you want to make go away. Then use one of the following methods:
To delete a cell, select Table Tools | Layout Delete Delete Cells (Alt, JL, D,
D). The Delete Cells dialog box opens. Select “Shift cells left” if you want the
cells to the right of the deleted cell to move over to the left; select “Shift cells
up” if you want the cells below the deleted cell to move up a row. (You can also
choose to delete the entire row or column in which the selected cell appears.)
Click OK to delete.
To delete a row, select Table Tools | Layout Delete Delete Rows (Alt, JL, D, R).
To delete a column, select Table Tools | Layout Delete Delete Columns (Alt,
JL, D, C).
To delete a table, select Table Tools | Layout Delete Delete Table (Alt, JL, D, T).
Tip: To delete just the contents of a cell, row, column, or table, without affecting the table’s structure,
select the table element whose contents you want to delete, and then press the Delete key.
Formatting a Table
A table is all about the information it holds. But you can make your tables
eyecatching and easier to read by formatting them in various ways. For example, you
might set off column headings with a different color or shade alternating rows. The
easiest way to format a table is to use Word’s built-in styles, but you can also format
your table by hand.
Save Time with Ready-to-Use Table Styles
To make your table look good, you can choose a predesigned style and apply it to
your table. When you do, Word automatically formats the table according to the
style you chose. Say you want the table in shades of blue, with a dark blue row at the
top to distinguish headings and alternating white and blue rows to make it easier
to read each entry. Sounds like a lot of formatting work, doesn’t it? Not with Table
Styles. You don’t have to figure out how to do all that formatting—just pick the style
you want, and Word does the rest.
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