This is how you adjust the layout of Word tables


It is perfectly possible to add tables in Word. You can even design it beautifully and adapt it to your liking in other ways. If you want to adjust the layout of your Word tables, this is how you proceed.

Add a table in Word you do from the menu Insert / Table, after which you can indicate up to 10 x 8 cells in a grid. Whether you choose Insert table to enter the number of columns and rows yourself and, if necessary, to set a fixed column width. One Draw table (with the mouse pointer) is also included.

To quickly give a table a nice layout, you can apply one of the numerous styles. Click anywhere in the table, go to the menu table design and click on the arrow button More Bee Styles for tables† Select a suitable table. On the left in the ribbon you can access Table Style Options enable and disable specific elements.

Formatting options

If you prefer rows with an even height or columns with an even width, select the appropriate rows or columns, open the tab Layout and click Divide rows or on Divide Columns

You can also nicely adjust the text layout in the table cells. For example, it is possible to rotate text 90 degrees. Select the text in the desired columns, open the Format menu and click one or more times Text direction until the text is correct.

For more white space between your text and the cell borders, choose Cell margins and set the optimal distance for the four sides.

Move rows and columns

To move the contents of an entire row, first place the text cursor in that row. then hold Alt+Shift and press the up or down arrow key until you reach the target location. To move a column, first select it completely with the mouse and drag the selection to the desired column.

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