Delete a cell, row, or column from a table

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Delete a cell

  1. Select the cell that you want to delete by clicking its left edge.

Select a cell

  1. Under Table Tools, click the Layout tab.
  1. In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Cells.
  2. Click one of the following options:
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Shift cells left

Delete a cell and shift all other cells in that row to the left.

 Note   Word does not insert a new column. Using this option may result in a row that has fewer cells than the other rows.

Shift cells up Delete a cell and move the remaining existing cells in that column up one row each. A new, blank cell is added at the bottom of the column.
Delete entire row Delete the entire row that contains the cell that you clicked in.
Delete entire column Delete the entire column that contains the cell that you clicked in.

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Delete a row

  1. Select the row that you want to delete by clicking its left edge.

Select a row

  1. Under Table Tools, click the Layout tab.
  1. In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Rows.

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Delete a column

  1. Select the column that you want to delete by clicking its top gridline or top border.

Select a column

  1. Under Table Tools, click the Layout tab.
  1. In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Columns.

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More help on working with tables

For more help on working with tables, including inserting columns, rows, and cells, watch the Using Table Tools in Word 2007 video.

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Applies to:
Word 2007