Insert a table, convert text to a table, or draw a table

The quickest way to add a table is to select the size you think you want on the Table grid.

Table command on the Insert tab

  1. Click the Insert tab, click Table, and then move the cursor over the grid until you highlight the right numbers of rows and columns.
  2. Click, and the table appears in the document.

The Table Tools Design and Layout tabs also appear, with options for choosing different colors, table styles, and borders.

Later, you can add or delete rows or columns in your table.

Other ways to add a table

The grid inserts a basic table. If you need to do something different, you have three ways to make a table.

For more control over the table size, click the Insert tab, click Table, and then click Insert Table. Then you can set the exact number of rows and columns and use the AutoFit behavior options to adjust the table’s size.

If you have some text that will look better in a table, Word can change it into a table.

And if the information is too complicated to fit in a basic grid, the Draw Table tool helps you draw exactly the table you want.

Convert text to a table

You can use table templates to insert a table that is based on a gallery of preformatted tables. Table templates contain sample data to help you visualize what the table will look like when you add your data.

  1. In the text that you want to convert, insert a tab or a comma each place you want to start a new column.
  2. Insert a paragraph mark each place you want to start a new row.
  3. Select the text.
  4. Click the Insert tab, click Table, and then click Convert Text to Table.

Table command on the Insert tab

  1. In the Convert Text to Table dialog box, under Separate text at, click Tab or Comma.

Draw a table

If you want a table with rows and columns in different sizes, you can use the cursor to draw it. Here’s how:

  1. Click where you want to create the table.
  2. Click the Insert tab, click Table, and then click Draw Table.

Table command on the Insert tab

The pointer changes to a pencil.

  1. Draw a rectangle to make the table’s borders. Then draw lines for columns and row inside the rectangle.

To draw table

  1. To erase a line, click the Table Tools Design tab, click Eraser, and then click the line that you want to erase.
 
 
Applies to:
Word 2010