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Part 9. Using Columns and Tables > Navigating a Table

Navigating a Table

To use the mouse to move to a particular cell, just click in the cell.

To move to the row above or below, press the up- or down-arrow key on your keyboard.

To move to the cell to the right or left, press the right- or left-arrow key on your keyboard. (If there is text in a cell, these arrow keys move the insertion point through the text.)

You can also press the Tab key to move into the cell to the right, or press Shift+Tab to move to the left. (If the destination cell contains text, it will be selected.)


Typing text in a table is much like typing in a regular document, but navigating within a table is somewhat different. In this task, you first learn how to move the insertion point from cell to cell within a table, and then you get a few pointers about entering text.


Adding Text Above a Table

If you start a table at the very top of a document and then decide that you want to insert text above the table, click the far left edge of the upper-left cell in the table and press Enter. Word inserts a blank line above the table, and you can now click in the blank line and type your text.

When you type text in a cell, if the entry is too wide to fit in the cell, Word automatically wraps the text to the next line and increases the row height.

Press Enter in a cell to end the paragraph and add a blank line to that row.

If you accidentally press Enter in a cell and want to remove the blank line, just press the Backspace key.



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