How to Insert Table in MS Word: Tips and Tricks for Beginners

For a basic table, click Insert >, Table and move the cursor over the grid until you highlight the number of columns and rows you want . For a larger table, or to customize a table, select Insert >, Table >, Insert Table. Tips: If you already have text separated by tabs, you can quickly convert it to a table.

Microsoft Word offers a wide range of features to help users create professional-looking documents. One of the most commonly used features is creating tables. Tables are a great way to organize data, create schedules, or highlight important information. In this tutorial, we will show you how to insert tables in Microsoft Word in three different ways.

Creating a table from the table menu is an appropriate method for most users who want to create a basic table for general use. To do this, place your cursor where you want to insert the table, then select the Insert tab in the ribbon, followed by Table in the Tables group. Now, move your pointer across and down the grid to select the number of cells you need in your table. The selected cells will turn orange. Click the selected part of the grid or press Enter on your keyboard to insert the table.

If you want to create a table with advanced sizing options, then the Table dialog box method is perfect for you. To do this, place your cursor where you want to insert the table, then select the Insert tab in the ribbon, followed by Table in the Tables group, and then Insert Table from the drop-down menu. Enter the number of rows and columns in the Insert Table dialog box. Select an AutoFit behavior, and if you want to create the same size table in the future, check Remember dimensions for new tables. Finally, select the OK button to close the Insert Table dialog box and insert your new table.

Quick Tables are pre-built tables and calendars that you can modify for your own use. To insert a Quick Table, place your cursor where you want to insert the table, then select the Insert tab in the ribbon, followed by Table in the Tables group, and then Quick Tables from the drop-down menu. Choose the table you want from the gallery and then add your own content by typing over or deleting the table’s example text.

Once you have created a table, you may want to make some changes to it. Here are some tips for working with tables:

– To delete a table, select the table selector (crossed arrows), which will select the entire table. Then, right-click the table and select Delete Table from the shortcut menu.

– To resize an entire table, click and hold the resizing handle in the bottom right of the table. Drag the table to the size you want and release the handle.

– To resize an individual row or column, hover your pointer over a border until your pointer becomes two lines with two arrows. Click and hold as you drag the border to resize the row or column.

– To add a row or column, right-click inside a cell. Select Insert from the shortcut menu and choose the location of your new row or column. If you select Insert Cells, a dialog box will appear asking where you want to insert your new cells.

– To add color, select the table selector (crossed arrows) to select the entire table. Then select the Table Design tab in the ribbon. Choose one of the styles from the gallery or use the shading menu to add custom colors to individual rows and columns.

Creating tables in Microsoft Word is easy and can help you organize your data and information in a professional way. We hope this tutorial has given you the confidence to create your own tables and make the most of the features available in Word. For more tips and tricks on Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat, check out our other blog posts and videos.


What is the shortcut key to add table in MS Word?
Move to the location in your document where you want to insert the new table. To open the Table menu, press Alt+Windows logo key+N, N, T. To specify and select the number of columns and rows in the table, press Shift+arrow keys. You hear the number of selected rows and columns.
How do I Insert a table between text in Word?
Use paragraph marks ¶ (in your Word document, click Home tab, click Show/Hide icon in Paragraph group) to indicate where you want to begin a new table row. Select the text that you want to convert, and then click Insert >, Table >, Convert Text to Table. In the Convert Text to Table box, choose the options you want.