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Inserting a Table

To insert a new, empty table at any location within your document, follow these steps:

  1. Move the cursor to the document location where you want the table.

  2. Select Table, Insert, Table. The Insert Table dialog box appears (see Figure 20.1).

  3. In the Number of Columns and Number of Rows text boxes, click the arrows or enter the number of rows and columns the table will have. You can change the number of columns and rows later.

  4. To apply one of Word's automatic table formats to the table, click the AutoFormat button, select the desired format, and then click OK. (AutoFormat is covered in more detail later in this lesson.)

  5. In the AutoFit Behavior section of the dialog box, select one of the following options for the width of columns in the table:

    • For equal column widths equally spaced across the page, select Fixed Column Width and select Auto in the adjacent box.

    • For equal column widths set at a specific size, select Fixed Column Width, and then the column width, in inches, in the adjacent box.

    • To have column widths automatically adjust to the table contents, select AutoFit to Contents. The new table has very narrow columns until you add text to the cells.

    • To have column widths automatically adjust to the screen width, select AutoFit to Window.

  6. Select OK. A blank table is created with the cursor in the first cell.

    Figure 20.1. Use the Insert Table dialog box to create a table.


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