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Chapter 3. Formatting Documents > Entering Text in a Table

Entering Text in a Table

Once you create your table, you enter text into cells just as you would in a paragraph, except pressing Tab moves you from cell to cell. As you type in a cell, text wraps to the next line, and the height of a row expands as you enter text that extends beyond the column width. The first row in the table is good for column headings, whereas the left-most column is good for row labels. Before you can modify a table, you need to know how to select the rows and columns of a table.

Enter Text and Move Around a Table

The insertion point shows where text that you type will appear in a table. After you type text in a cell:

  • Press Enter to start a new paragraph within that cell.

  • Press Tab to move the insertion point to the next cell to the right (or to the first cell in the next row).

  • Press the arrow keys or click in a cell to move the insertion point to a new location.

Select Table Elements

Refer to this table for methods of selecting table elements, including:

  • The entire table

  • One or more rows and columns

  • One or more cells

Selecting Table Elements

To SelectDo This
The entire tableClick next to the table, or click anywhere in the table, click the Table menu, point to Select, and then click Table.
One or more rowsClick in the left margin next to the first row you want to select, and then drag to select the rows you want.
One or more columnsClick just above the first column you want to select, and then drag with to select the columns you want.
The column or row with the insertion pointClick the Table menu, point to Select, and then click Column or Row.
A single cellDrag a cell or click the cell with .
More than one cellDrag with to select a group of cells.



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