How to create a table in MS Word

In this article I will outline multiple steps for creating tables in MS Word. 

5 Ways to Create a Table in MS Word 

  • Using the Graphic Grid.
  • Using the Insert Table option.
  • Using the Draw Table option.
  • Using the Excel Spreadsheet option.
  • Using the Quick Tables option.


Method 1:  Using the Graphic Grid.

The Graphic Grid lets you create a table up to the maximum size of 10 by 8 cells. 

It’s a convenient option, and most people don’t need larger than that anyway.

Step 1: Open up your MS Word document. 

Step 2: Locate the Graphic Grid. 

Go to Insert -> Table. You can locate the Insert button on the Ribbon.

You’ll see the Graphic Grid at the very top of the pop-up.

Step 3: Insert the Table.

Select the number of rows and columns by dragging over the grid. 

Left -clicking will insert the table in the document.


Method 2:  Using the Insert Table option

Step 1: Open up your MS Word document

Step 2: Locate the Insert Table option

Insert Table option is directly below the Graphic Grid

Step 3: Insert the Table.

Click on the Insert table. A dialog box will pop up. Enter the number of rows and columns for your table.

At this point, a table should appear with the settings you set.

Congratulations! You’ve created a table in MS Word with the Insert Table button.


Method 3: Using the Draw Table option.

The Draw Table button is quite interesting. If you’re pretty sure what you want your table to look like already, with the spacing and everything, this method is for you. Say you’re making a digital version of a handwritten table or a table in your imagination. With this method, you longer need to go through other processes like merging or adding cells in order to get your desired results. You just have to click and hold to add the table lines.

Let’s explore the Draw Table button as a method for adding a table into your MS Word file.

Step 1: Open up your MS Word document. 

Step 2: Locate the Draw Table option.

Go to Insert – > Table – Draw Table.

Step 3: Draw the Table.

You can now use the cursor as a pen and actually draw the whole table..


Method 4:  Using the Excel Spreadsheet option.

This method inserts a fully functional excel table in word document. 

Step 1: Open up your MS Word document. 

Step 2: Locate the Excel Spreadsheet option.

Go to Insert – > Table -> Excel Spreadsheet

Step 3: Insert the Table.

Clicking the option will insert an excel table in the word doc. You may edit this table as you do in MS Excel. Click anywhere on the word document to insert this table.


Method 5:  Using the Quick Tables option.

The Quick Tables option lets you add pre-formatted tables into your document. 

Step 1: Open up your MS Word document. 

Step 2: Locate the Quick Tables option.

Go to Insert – > Table -> QuickTable

Step 3: Insert the Table.

Hover over the Quick Tables option, and you’ll see pre-formatted table options to the right.

Select a format and insert. 


How to Delete a Table in MS Word

Deleting a table is straightforward. 

Select the entire table and use the Backspace Button on your keyboard. You also may use the Delete Menu in the Table Toolbar.


Conclusion

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