How to Create and Edit Tables in Microsoft Word

By Editorial Team

Updated July 21, 2017

Microsoft Word makes it easy to organize information in columns and rows using a table. Tables make data easier to read. You can also create symmetry in a document by creating a table to display text within a certain area on the page. After you've created a table, edit it by changing cell color, line thickness, and text fonts and size in order to add some zing to your document.

Place your cursor where you want the table to be inserted in your Microsoft Word document and choose "Insert" from the Table menu to open the Table dialog box.

Select the number of columns and rows under the Table Size area and make choices for the table format in the Autofit Behavior area. You can also choose the Autoformat button and automatically create tables with specific formats, such as special colors and line borders.

Add tables more quickly by adding an "Insert Table" button to your top menu. You'll be able to push the button to quickly add the number of rows and columns you need.

Place your cursor in a cell of the table and type your information. You can even insert a picture. If you are transferring information from another application or document, copy it to the clipboard and paste it right into the table.

Edit the format of your Microsoft Word table by selecting "Table Format" from the Table menu on the top menu bar. In the dialog box you can change text alignment and wrapping, specify the size of rows, columns, cells, or the entire table. You can also change the margins within each cell to fit in more text per box.


Hitting the "Tab" button on your keyboard can help you navigate through the cells of your table quickly.

Items you will need

  • Computer

  • Microsoft Word software