Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Table Layout and Design
Use the Cell Size group on the Layout tab to specify the precise height and width of rows and
When you need rows to have a uniform height, click the Distribute Rows button to the
right of the Table Row Height text box. If rows are of different heights — as sometimes
happens when you’re converting part of an Excel spreadsheet into a Word table — this
command determines the optimal height and equalizes the height of all selected rows or of all
rows in the table if no rows are selected.
Similarly, click Distribute Columns (found to the right of the Table Column Width text box)
to set selected or all columns to the same width. If different rows have different widths,
this command will not equalize the whole table. It works only when all the rows have the
same width. If any differ (for example, if row two is 4 inches and all the other rows are 3.5
inches, giving the table a ragged left and/or right edge), it won’t equalize them all. To
remedy this, drag the right border(s) of shorter or longer rows so that they all align on the left
The Alignment group of the Layout tab offers nine cell alignment options, as shown at
the left in Figure 9.21. To change how the contents align horizontally or vertically within
any cell, click in or select the cells you want to change, and then click the desired tool.
As noted elsewhere, many users confuse cell alignment with table alignment. With the
whole table selected, this tool will at most set the individual alignment of each cell and
won’t have any effect on table alignment. Instead, select the whole table and use the
Paragraph group alignment tools in the Home tab, or use the Alignment setting in the Table
Properties dialog box.
Word offers nine options for cell alignment, as well as the ability to change text direction and