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Adjusting Table Cells

Often there is more to modifying a table than adding or deleting rows or columns; you need to make cells just the right size to accommodate the text you are entering in the table. For example, a title in the first row of a table might be longer than the first cell in that row. To spread the title across the top of the table, you can merge (combine) the cells to form one long cell. Sometimes, to indicate a division in a topic, you need to split (or divide) a cell into two. You can also split one table into two at any row. Moreover, you can modify the width of any column and height of any row to better present your data.

Merge and Split Table Cells and Tables

  • To merge two or more cells into a single cell, select the cells you want to merge, click the Table menu, and then click Merge Cells.

  • To split a cell into multiple cells, click the cell you want to split, click the Table menu, and then click Split Cells. Enter the number of rows or columns (or both) you want to split the selected cell into, clear the Merge Cells Before Split check box, and then click OK.

  • To split a table into two tables separated by a paragraph, click in the row that you want as the top row in the second table, click the Table menu, and then click Split Table.

  • To merge two tables into one, delete the paragraph between them.


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