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Resizing rows and columns
Resizing rows and columns
When you insert a table in a document, it automatically
stretches from the left margin to the right margin, and the
columns are all the same width. Each row starts at the height
needed for one line of text, expanding automatically as you add
more text to any of its cells.
table for positioning objects on the page, you might also want
to resize the rows to set a minimum height.
In a typical situation, you have a wide column for a name or
description, followed by several narrower columns for numbers
or other bits of information. You can easily make all the nar-
rower columns the same width.
If the items in your table range in width, you can resize the
columns to make better use of the space. When you’re using a
Drag row and column borders
1 On the View tab, in the Show group, select the Ruler check box (if it
hasn’t already been selected).
2 Click in any cell of a table column, or select one or more whole
columns that you want to resize.
3 Drag the marker on the horizontal ruler above the column’s right
border to increase or decrease the column’s width.
4 Drag the marker on the vertical ruler to the left of the row’s bottom
border to increase or decrease the row’s height.
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CAUTION If you select an entire cell and drag its vertical
border, only that cell’s width changes, rather than the width of
the entire column. If that isn’t what you intended, click Undo on the
Quick Access Toolbar and try again.
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Make columns of equal widths
1 Select the columns whose widths you want to make equal.
2 On the Layout tab under Table Tools, in the Cell Size group, click
Distribute Columns.
TIP To distribute a group of rows so that they have the same
height, select the rows, and then in the Cell Size group, click
Distribute Rows.
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