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.

Inserting and modifying tables

Video: Working with Tables in Word 2010

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In Word, tables are useful for organizing and presenting data. You can create a blank table, convert text to a table, and apply a variety of styles and formats to existing tables.

Optional: You can download this example for extra practice.

To insert a blank table:

  1. Place your insertion point in the document where you want the table to appear.
  2. Select the Insert tab.
  3. Click the Table command.
  4. Hover your mouse over the diagram squares to select the number of columns and rows in the table.
    Inserting a new table Inserting a new table
  5. Click your mouse, and the table appears in the document.
  6. You can now place the insertion point anywhere in the table to add text.

To convert existing text to a table:

  1. Select the text you want to convert.
  2. Select the Insert tab.
  3. Click the Table command.
  4. Select Convert Text to Table from the menu. A dialog box will appear.
    Converting text to a table Converting text to a table
  5. Choose one of the options in the Separate text at: section. This is how Word knows what text to put in each column.
    Separating text at Tabs Separating text at Tabs
  6. Click OK. The text appears in a table.
    The converted table The converted table