A table is made up of rows and columns of cells that you can fill with text and graphics. Tables are often used to organize and present information.
You can also use tables to create interesting page layouts, or to create text, graphics and nested tables (nested table: A table inserted within a table cell. If you use a table to lay out a page, and you want to use another table to arrange the information, you can insert a nested table.) on a Web page.
Parts of a table
Different ways to work with tables
- Use the Table AutoFormat command to quickly give your table a polished design.
- Use or modify the built-in table styles (style: A combination of formatting characteristics, such as font, font size, and indentation, that you name and store as a set. When you apply a style, all of the formatting instructions in that style are applied at one time.) that come with Microsoft Word, or create your own styles to reuse later on.
- Move or copy a table to another place on a page, or resize a table.
- Adjust long tables to make sure that the information appears as you want it to when the table spans multiple pages.
- Make each column a fixed width, or let columns adjust based on the amount of text you type.
- Change the orientation of text from horizontal to vertical or vice versa.
- Add spacing between table cells (cell: A box formed by the intersection of a row and column in a worksheet or a table, in which you enter information.), or add cell "padding" by changing cell margins.
- Insert nested tables (nested table: A table inserted within a table cell. If you use a table to lay out a page, and you want to use another table to arrange the information, you can insert a nested table.) to create page layouts.
- Sort lists inside a table.