Was this page helpful?
Your feedback about this content is important. Let us know what you think.
Additional feedback?
1500 characters remaining
Format a table
Collapse the table of content
Expand the table of content

Format a table

You can adjust width and height settings, set the alignment, set cell padding and spacing, and apply color and borders to your tables.

To select a table, column, row, or cell

  • With your cursor in the table, on the Table menu, point to Select, and then click Table, Column, Row, or Cell.

To set the layout properties of a table

  1. In Design view, right-click the table, and then click Table Properties.

  2. In the Table Properties dialog box, do the following:

    Use this To do this


    Set the number of Rows and Columns in your table.


    Set the horizontal alignment of your table.


    Set the floating property of your table.

    Specify width

    Set the width of your table.

    Specify height

    Set the height of your table.

    Cell padding

    Set the padding between cells.

    Cell spacing

    Set the spacing within cells.


    Set the size and color of your table borders.


    Set the color or background picture you want as your table background.

    Enable layout tools

    Select to enable layout tools.

    Set as default for new tables

    Select to use these settings for all new tables you create.

To align a table, column, row, or cell

  1. In Design view, select the table, column, row, or cell.

  2. On the Formatting toolbar, click Align Right Cc295290.1538dfeb-b1ad-431d-a8af-94ed507eeda5(en-us,Expression.40).png, Align Left Cc295290.b6a7dbbb-0513-433d-b15b-b9da0017d6af(en-us,Expression.40).png, Center Cc295290.3ade5084-453a-4392-8ced-a25449ee96ff(en-us,Expression.40).png, or Justify Cc295290.09c7257c-5d7d-48a3-a5f2-fff49120cb65(en-us,Expression.40).png.

To make rows or columns the same size

  1. In Design view, select the column or row you want to change.

  2. On the Tables toolbar, do one of the following:

    • To make all rows the same height, on the Tables toolbar, click Distribute Rows Evenly Cc295290.ac1782b4-aea3-493b-af1d-bdb040003f26(en-us,Expression.40).png.

    • To make all columns the same width, on the Tables toolbar, click Distribute Columns Evenly Cc295290.4f54af16-fd37-474f-86b1-903b583239fa(en-us,Expression.40).png.

See also

Send feedback about this topic to Microsoft. © 2011 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

Community Additions

© 2015 Microsoft