Editing Tables

Editing tables in Word can help organize content in different ways. When using Word tables can be used for text and numerical data.

Editing tables

In the previous lesson, you learned to enter text into tables. In this lesson, you'll learn to format text in tables, modify table structure, use Autoformat, and add borders and shading.

Formatting text in tables

Whatever you do to format text in a paragraph (make it bold green, for example), you can do to text in a table cell. Use the Formatting menu, the Tables and Borders toolbar, or keyboard shortcuts to format text in a table.

Check this outTo view the Tables and Borders toolbar, Choose ViewactionToolbars actionTables and Borders.

Check this outThe tables and borders toolbar provides more formatting options for you to choose from.

Tables and borders toolbars.

Check this outOnce you've built a table, click an option once to place text exactly where you want it in a cell. You can also change text position once you've entered all of your information by selecting the text you want to change.

Rotating text in tables

Have you ever seen a flyer advertising something with tear-away name and phone number tabs? To create that same effect, use Word's text direction feature. You can rotate text so it runs vertically, facing either the right or the left.

To rotate text in a table cell:

  • Select the cell(s) you want to rotate.
  • Click the Change Text Direction button on the Tables and Borders toolbar.
  • Clicking the Change Text Direction button once turns text to the left, the second click turns text to the right, and the third click will bring you back to a horizontal position.

Check this outThe insertion point rotates when entering horizontal text, but editing vertical text is no different from editing horizontal text.