Edit Tables

In Word tables can help organize content in different ways. Learn all about editing tables in Word in this free lesson.

Resizing tables

You may need to adjust the size of columns, rows, and cells.

To adjust columns, rows, and cell size:

  • Hover the insertion point over any line in your table that borders the area you want to change.
  • The insertion point changes to a double-headed arrow.
  • Drag the border either left or right OR up and down.

Double Headed Arrow

CompleteTo automatically adjust the size, select the entire table and then choose Table arrow AutoFit arrow AutoFit to Contents.

AutoFormat
Just as Word offers document templates for memos, faxes, reports, and other items, it also offers templates for tables.

To use AutoFormat:

  • Create your table.
  • Click anywhere in the table. Go to the toolbar and select Table and then Table AutoFormat. The Table AutoFormat dialog box appears.
  • Scroll through the Table Styles until you find a table you like. You can preview each table style in the Preview box.
  • Check and uncheck the options in the Apply special Formats to: sections to slightly change parts of your table. Check out your changes using the Preview box.
  • Click the New button to customize your own table style.
  • Click the Modify button to change parts of an existing table style.
  • Click OK.

AutoFormat Dialog Box