Quick and Easy Way to Insert a Table in Microsoft Word 2010

Contents
  1. Organize and display information using tables
  2. Insert small table
  3. Insert a larger table
  4. Insert quick table
  5. Insert a table using the keyboard

Organize and display information using tables

Microsoft Word 2010 spreadsheets are versatile tools that help you organize information, align text, create forms and calendars, and do simple math. Simple tables are not difficult to insert or modify. Usually a few mouse clicks or a quick keyboard shortcut is all it takes to get you up and running at your desk.

Insert small table

You can insert up to 10 x 8 tables into Work 2010 with just a few clicks. A 10 x 8 table can contain up to 10 columns and eight rows.

To insert a table:

  1. Select tab Insert

  2. Press the button table

  3. Move your mouse over the desired number of columns and rows.

  4. Click on the selected cell.

Your table will be inserted into a Word document with columns and rows evenly spaced.

Insert a larger table

You are not limited to inserting a 10 x 8 table. You can insert a large table into your document. Here’s how:

  1. Select tab Insert

  2. Press the button table

  3. Select Insert table in the drop-down menu.

  4. Select the number of columns you want to insert in the field columns

  5. Select the number of rows you want to insert in the field strings

  6. Select radio button Auto Fit to Window

  7. Click Okay

These steps will insert a table with the desired columns and rows and automatically adjust the table to fit your document.

Insert quick table

Microsoft Word 2010 has many built-in table styles. These include calendars, tabular table, double table, matrix, and subtitle table. Insert Quick Table automatically creates and formats the table for you.

To insert a quick table:

  1. Select tab Insert

  2. Press the button table

  3. Select fast table in the drop-down menu.

  4. Select the style of the table you want to insert.

Your preformatted table is now in your document.

Insert a table using the keyboard

Here’s a trick that few people know. You can insert a table into a Word document using the keyboard.

To insert a table using the keyboard:

  1. Click in your document where you want your table to start.

  2. Click on sign on keyboard.

  3. Click tab or use room to move the insertion point to where the column should end.

  4. Click on sign on the keyboard to create one column.

  5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 to create additional columns.

  6. Click Enter on keyboard.

This creates a quick table with one row. To add more lines, press the key tab when you are in the last cell of the column.

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