Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Deleting Columns, Rows, and Cells
Deleting Columns, Rows, and Cells
If you decide that you don’t need certain rows or columns after all, or if you have empty
rows you didn’t use, you can easily delete them. Simply highlight the rows or columns and
right-click to display the context menu which will display a choice for deletion, depending
on what you’ve selected. If you selected a row, you’ll see Delete Row in the context menu; if
you selected a single cell, you’ll see only Delete Cell.
You can also delete table elements by clicking the table handle in the upper-left corner of
the table then click Delete in the Rows & Columns group on the Layout tab. A list of
deletion options appears from which you can choose the item you want to delete.
When you choose to delete cells in a table, Word displays the Delete Cells dialog box so
that you can identify where you want remaining cells to be shifted. Click your selection and
then click OK to return to the document.
Moving Rows and Columns
In some instances, you might want to select parts of your table and move them to other
parts of your document—perhaps you want to create a new table, move rows to another
position in the table, or divide one large table into two to make them easier to understand.
(You can also use the Split Table command, located on the Layout tab of Table Tools, to
divide one table into two.)
When you want to move rows or columns, simply select the rows or columns you want to
move and drag the selected block to the new location. Be sure to click Show/Hide in the
Paragraph group on the Home tab before you select the columns or rows to ensure that
you’ve included the end of row or column markers in your selection. The table rows or
columns are relocated as you specified.
Merging Cells
Sometimes tables seem to grow out of proportion. Or perhaps data in one cell is related
to data in two or more other cells. For example, you might want to display the text “2010”
over four adjacent cells in the next row that contain the text “Q1”, “Q2”, “Q3”, and “Q4”, so
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