Using tables in Word can help organize content in different ways. When using Word tables can be used for text and numerical data.
In Word, the Layout tab appears whenever you select your table. You can use the options on this tab to make a variety of modifications.
Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn more about Word's table layout controls.
Use these commands to quickly insert or delete rows and columns. This can be especially useful if you need to add something to the middle of your table.
Some tables require a layout that doesn't conform to the standard grid. In these cases, you may want to merge multiple cells (i.e., combine them into one) or split a cell in two.
You can manually enter a desired row height or column width for your cells. You can also use the AutoFit command, which will automatically adjust the column widths based on the text inside.
To keep your table looking neat and organized, you may want to distribute your rows or columns equally. This will make them all the same size. You can apply this feature to the entire table or just a small portion of it.
By changing the alignment of your cells, you can control exactly where the text is located. In the example below, the text has been aligned to the center.
You can easily change the direction of your text from horizontal to vertical. Making your text vertical can add style to your table; it also allows you to fit more columns in your table.