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

Modifying a table using the Layout tab

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.

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Change Text Direction

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.


  1. Open our practice document.
  2. Scroll to page 3 and select all of the text below the dates July 8 - July 12.
  3. Use the Convert Text to Table to insert the text into a 6-column table. Make sure to Separate text at Tabs.
  4. Delete the Saturday column.
  5. Insert a column to the left of the Friday column and type Thursday in the top cell.
  6. Change the table style to any style that begins with Grid Table 5. Hint: Style names appear when you hover over them.
  7. In the Table Style Options menu, uncheck Banded Rows and check Banded Columns.
  8. Select the entire table. In the Borders drop-down menu, choose All Borders.
  9. With the table still selected, increase the table row height to 0.3" (0.8 cm).
  10. Select the first row and change the cell alignment to Align Center.
  11. When you're finished, your table should look something like this:
    Tables Challenge