Add a cell, row, or column to a table

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Add a cell

  1. Click in a cell that is to the right of or above where you want to insert a cell.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, click the Rows & Columns Dialog Box Launcher.
  1. Click one of the following options.
Click To
Shift cells right

Insert a cell and move all other cells in that row to the right.

 Note   Word does not insert a new column. This may result in a row that has more cells than the other rows.

Shift cells down Insert a cell and move the existing cells down one row. A new row is added at the bottom of the table.
Insert entire row Insert a row above the cell that you clicked in.
Insert entire column Insert a column to the left of the cell that you clicked in.

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Add a row above or below

  1. Click in a cell above or below where you want to add a row.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, do one of the following:
    • To add a row above the cell, click Insert Above in the Rows and Columns group.
    • To add a row below the cell, click Insert Below in the Rows and Columns group.

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Add a column to the left or right

  1. Click in a cell to the left or right of where you want to add a column.
  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, do one of the following:
    • To add a column to the left of the cell, click Insert Left in the Rows and Columns group.
    • To add a column to the right of the cell, click Insert Right in the Rows and Columns group.

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About the Table Tools contextual tabs

You will need to know where the Design and Layout Table Tools contextual tabs are when working on the design and structural layout of a table. The Design and Layout tabs are only visible after you have clicked inside of a table, and appear at the top of the screen on the ribbon.

Add a cell, row, or column to a table

To see the Table Tools in action, watch the Using Table Tools in Word 2007 demo.

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Applies to:
Word 2007