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Selecting Table Cells
Selecting Table Cells
To move and copy rows, columns, and cells, start by selecting the ones you want to move
or copy; this lets Word know which data you want to work with. As you get comfortable
working with tables, you’ll discover the tricks to selecting just the data you want for various
operations. Table 15-1 lists the different methods you can use to select the content in your
Use Multiple Table Selections
You can select noncontiguous sections of a table by pressing and holding Ctrl while
you click additional selections. In a product listing, for example, this capability enables
you to choose only the products that you want to include in the catalog you’re
producing. After you select the products you want, you can copy the information and paste it
in a new table, leaving out all products you don’t want to use.
Table 15-1 Selecting Table Segments
Entire table
Click the table and then click the
table move handle that appears
in the upper left corner of the
You want to move, copy,
format, or delete an entire table.
Single row
Click outside the table to the left
of the row.
You want to reorder, format,
copy, move, insert, or delete a
Single column
Click outside the table just
above the column.
You want to move, format,
copy, insert, or delete a column.
Single cell
Click to the left of any data
entered in the cell.
You want to move, copy, delete,
or clear that cell.
Multiple cells, rows,
or columns
Drag across the elements you
want to select.
You want to move, format, copy,
or delete sections of a table.
Copying and Pasting Table Data
Although copying is basically a simple operation, copying table data can be a bit tricky
because the pasted data can sometimes go where you’re not expecting it to go. For
example, if you want to copy all the information into one cell in the new table, the data might
instead be spread over the entire row, replacing existing data. If you want to copy multiple
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