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Tables I: Create and format basic tables

Word document with tables
By Stephanie Krieger, Document Production Expert Tables are organizers that can help simplify even the most complex Microsoft Office Word documents. This course, the first in a series on tables, will teach you how to add tables to your Word documents and show you some handy uses for them.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Three self-paced lessons and three practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.

About the author

Stephanie Krieger is a professional consultant who specializes in creating solutions with the Microsoft Office System. Stephanie is the author of the recently released book, "Microsoft Office Document Designer." She also publishes a blog — where you can find many Office tips.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Know when and why to use tables.
  • Add a table to your Word document and add content to the table.
  • Edit a table's structure.
  • Format a basic table and its contents.

Before you begin

If you already know how to create and format a basic table, take Tables II: Use tables to simplify complex page layouts. This course will provide lessons on editing tables, using tables to create complex page layouts, and nesting tables.

Some people use tables in Word as worksheets, for organizing text and data into rows and columns. While Word tables are great for displaying data in your documents, you can also use them for quick and easy forms or to create complex page layouts in a snap.

Unlike worksheets, however, which are designed primarily for managing data, Word tables are about displaying and managing content in your documents. In this course, you'll learn the basics of working with tables and get best-practice tips throughout.

To learn more about the course, read this page fully and then click Next to start the first lesson.

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