Delete a table or clear its contents

You can delete an entire table or clear the contents of a table's cells without deleting the table.

 Note   For information on changing the number of cells, rows, or columns in a table, see Add a cell, row, or column to a table or Delete a cell, row, or column from a table. For information on erasing lines from a table, see Draw a table.

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Delete a table and its contents

  1. In Print Layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.), rest the pointer over the table until the table move handle Move handle appears, and then click the table move handle.
  2. Press BACKSPACE.

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Clear the contents of a table

  1. On the Home tab, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide.

Word Ribbon

  1. Select the items that you want to clear.
To select Do this
A cell Click the left edge of the cell.Select a cell
A row Click to the left of the row.Select a row
A column Click the column's top gridline or border.Select a column
Contiguous cells, rows, or columns Drag the pointer across the cells, rows, or columns that you want.
Noncontiguous cells, rows, or columns Click the first cell, row, or column that you want, hold down CTRL, and then click the next cell, row, or column that you want.
Text in the next cell Press the TAB key.
Text in the previous cell Press SHIFT+TAB.
The entire table In Print Layout view (Print Layout view: A view of a document or other object as it will appear when you print it. For example, items such as headers, footnotes, columns, and text boxes appear in their actual positions.), rest the pointer over the table until the table move handle Move handle appears, and then click the table move handle.
  1. Press DELETE.

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Applies to:
Word 2007