Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Working with Tables
Chapter 5
Working with Columns and Tables
First, look at the methods you can use to change
column width:
the left- and right-pointing arrows,
doubleclick the mouse. Word automatically
expands the column to fit the widest entry.
Position the mouse over the edge of any
cell in the column you want to adjust.
Notice the mouse pointer changes to a bar
with both left- and right-pointing arrows.
Drag the edge of the cell until the column
is the width you want (see Figure 5-13).
To force all columns to the same width,
choose Table Tools Layout>Cell Size>
Distribute Columns.
To adjust the width of all of the table
columns to fit their widest entry, choose
Table Tools>Layout>Cell Size>AutoFit>
AutoFit Contents.
Mouse pointer Column width spinner
Distribute Columns Column boundary marker
The methods for modifying row height are very
similar to those you use to change column width:
Position the mouse over the bottom edge of
any cell in the column you want to adjust.
Notice the mouse pointer changes to a bar
with both up and down arrows. Drag the
bottom edge of the cell until the row is the
height you want.
Click in any cell of the row you want to
adjust and choose Table Tools Layout>Cell
Size>Table Row Height. Use the up/down
arrows to set the desired row height.
Figure 5-13
Drag to resize a column.
To adjust the height so it’s tall enough to fit
the tallest data entry, position the mouse
pointer over the bottom edge of any cell in
the row and double-click the mouse.
Drag the column boundary marker on the
ruler.
To force each row to the same height,
choose Table Tools Layout>Cell Size>
Distribute Rows.
Click in any cell of the column you want to
adjust and choose Table Tools Layout>Cell
Size>Table Column Width. Use the up/down
arrows to set the desired column width.
Changing Table Dimensions
If you find that your table dimensions don’t quite
provide the look you want, besides changing
column widths and row heights, you can easily
change the table size.
To force the column width so it’s wide
enough to fit the widest entry in the
column, position the mouse pointer over the
left edge of any cell in the column. When
the mouse pointer changes to a bar with
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