Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
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Changing table properties
Use Table Properties to control overall alignment, indentation, and positioning of tables.
Preferred width
Check Preferred width and enter a measurement in the accompanying text box to set a
target width for the table. The preferred width can’t be absolute, however, because tables
contain text and data, and are further constrained by paper and margin settings. Note that
AutoFit settings override the Preferred width.
Table alignment affects the entire table with respect to the current left and right margins.
If the table extends from the left margin to the right margin, which is the default for
tables inserted in Word, then the alignment controls seemingly will have no effect. This
makes it easy not to notice if they’re changed. If you later narrow the table, its placement
on the page might suddenly seem askew. You can be sure you’re centering a table by
choosing Center under Alignment on the Table tab of the Table Properties dialog box.
The Indent from left setting on the tab controls how far the table is from the left margin.
There is no Ribbon control for this setting, and it cannot be set with the ruler line.
Note that Indent from left is available only when Text wrapping is set to None and
Alignment is set to Left. When Around text wrapping is enabled, use Positioning to set the
distance from the left, as shown in the section that follows.
Text wrapping and moving a table
You can insert a table in line with other text, or if it is smaller than the full document
width, you can move or drag it into position so that text outside the table wraps around it, as
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