Working with Tables

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


TablesA table is a grid of cells arranged in rows and columns. Tables can be customized and are useful for various tasks such as presenting text information and numerical data.

In this lesson, you will learn how to convert text to a table, apply table styles, format tables, and create blank tables.

Inserting and modifying tables

To convert existing text to a table:

Convert to Table

To add a row above an existing row:

Place Cursor
Insert New Row

A new row appears above the insertion point.

New Row

You can also add rows below the insertion point. Follow the same steps, but select Insert Rows Below from the menu.

To add a column:

To delete a row or column:

To apply a table style:

Table Tools Design tab
Table Styles

You can modify which table styles are displayed. In the Table Styles Options, you can select and deselect various table options. For example, you can select banded rows, and only tables with banded rows will appear in the Tables Styles section.

Want to have a little more creative freedom when it comes to formatting your tables? You can manually change the table border or shading, change line weight, or erase part of the table.

To insert a blank table:

Blank Table

Modifying a table using the layout tab

When you select a table in Word 2007, Design and Layout tabs appear under Table Tools on the Ribbon. Using commands on the Layout tab, you can make a variety of modifications to the table, including:

Layout tab


Use the report or any Word document you choose to complete this challenge.