How to Do a Nested Table in Word

By Kirk Bennet

With Microsoft Word 2010, you can create complex documents for clients and your own internal use. A wide variety of objects can be included in your Word documents such as images, charts and tables. You can even insert tables into other tables, a technique known as "table nesting." Nesting a table in Word 2010 is not difficult, and you can even change the properties of the nested table.

Launch Microsoft Word 2010 and open the document you want to edit.

Locate the target table and click on the cell in which you want to insert the nested table to position the insertion cursor.

Click "Insert," then click "Table" in the Tables group, and click "Insert Table" in the menu to open the Insert Table window.

Enter the number of columns and rows in the "Number of columns" and "Number of rows" boxes. Click "OK" to nest the table.

Right-click the nested table and select "Table Properties" to open the Table Properties window.

Edit the settings for "Table," "Row," "Column," "Cell" or "Alt Text," and click "OK" to change the properties of the nested table.

Press "Ctrl-S" to save the Word document.


You can also nest tables within nested tables.