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Tables overview

A table is made up of rows and columns of cells into which you can insert text, graphics and other HTML. You can customize your tables in a variety of ways to make them more attractive and easy to read.

To add a table

  1. In Design view, place the insertion point where you want to insert the table.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • On the Table menu, click Insert Table.

    • On the Tables toolbar, click the Draw Table button and then use your pointer to draw the table.

    • Set the properties that you want.

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      To make the properties that you specified the default for all new tables, under Set, click the Set as default for new tables check box.

To add a cell to a table

  1. Place the insertion point in the cell next to where you want to add a cell.

  2. On the Table menu, point to Insert, and then click Cell to the Left or Cell to the Right.

To add a row to a table

  1. Place the insertion point in the row above or below the row that you want to add.

  2. On the Table menu, point to Insert, and then click Rows or Columns.

  3. Click Rows, and then type or select the number of rows you want to add.

  4. Under Location, specify if you want to place the row above or below the selected row.

To add a column to a table

  1. Place the insertion point in the column next to where you want to add a column.

  2. On the Table menu, point to Insert, and then click Rows or Columns.

  3. Click Columns, and then type or select the number of columns you want to add.

  4. Under Location, specify if you want to place the column to the right or left of the selected column.

To split cells in a table

  1. Right-click the cell that you want to split, point to Modify,and then click Split Cells.

  2. Click Split into columns or Split into rows.

  3. In the Number of columns or Number of rows field, type the number of columns or rows that you want to split the cell into.

To merge cells in a table

  1. Select a row, column, or group of adjacent cells.

  2. Right-click, point to Modify, and then click Merge Cells.

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    The Merge Cells command is only available when two or more adjacent cells are selected, and the selected cells form a rectangle.

To delete a cell, row, or column from a table

  1. In Design view, place the insertion point in the cell, row, or column you want to delete.

  2. On the Table menu, point to Delete, and click Table, Delete Columns, Delete Rows, or Delete Cells.

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