Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing Column Width and Row Height
Changing Column Width and Row Height
The fastest way to change the width and height of columns and rows is also the easiest. You
simply position the pointer over the dividing line of the column or row you want to change
and, when the pointer changes to a double-headed arrow, drag the border in the desired
direction. Be sure that you’ve grabbed the border for the entire column or row, however,
because it’s possible to move the border for a single cell, which won’t help if you want to
adjust an entire column or row. (Make sure all cells are deselected if you want to resize the
entire column.)
Distributing Data Evenly in Rows and Columns
Distributing your data refers to the process of spacing and aligning data within cells. By
default, when you create a basic table and enter text, the text aligns along the left border of
the cell, placed in the first line of the cell. To distribute your data evenly in the rows and
columns of your table (spacing it evenly between the top and bottom margins of the row and
in the center of the column), right-click in the column or row you want to change, choose
Cell Alignment and then select one of the Align Center commands. Or you can also use the
Alignment group on the Layout tab.
Changing Text Direction
While we’re talking about distributing data, let’s also discuss rotating the text in your table
cells. You can orient your horizontal text on a vertical axis, which gives you the means to
create interesting column headings for your tables.
To change the display of existing text, start by selecting it and then clicking Text Direction in
the Alignment group on the Layout tab. Here’s what you can expect to happen:
On the first click, the Text Direction tool displays the text vertically, with the start of
the text at the top of the page, extending down toward the table.
Click again and the Text Direction tool displays the text vertically, with the start of the
text at the top of the table, extending upward toward the top of the page.
Click a third time and the Text Direction tool puts your text back to normal.
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