To insert a blank table:

  1. Place your insertion point where you want the table to appear, then select the Insert tab.
  2. Click the Table command.


A drop-down menu containing a grid of squares will appear. Hover the mouse over the grid to select the number of columns and rows in the table.


  1. Click the mouse, and the table will appear in the document.
  2. You can now place the insertion point anywhere in the table to add text.


To move the insertion point to the next cell, press the Tab key while typing. If the insertion point is in the last cell, pressing the Tab key will automatically create a new row.

To convert existing text to a table:


In this example, each row of information contains an item name and price, separated by tabs. Word can convert this information into a table, and it will use the tabs to separate the data into two columns.

  1. Select the text you wish to convert.


  1. From the Insert tab, click the Table command.
  2. Select Convert Text to Table from the drop-down menu.


A dialog box will appear. Choose one of the options in the Separate text at: section. This is how Word knows what text to put in each column.


Click OK. The text appears in a table.


Modifying tables


It's easy to modify the look and feel of any table after adding it to a document. Word includes many different options for customizing a table, including adding rows or columns, changing the table style, and more.


To add a row or column:

  1. Hover the mouse near the location where you wish to add a row or column and click the plus sign that appears.


A new row or column will appear in the table.


Alternatively, you can right-click the table, then hover the mouse over Insert to see various row and column options.


To delete a row or column:

  1. Place the insertion point in the row or column you want to delete.
  2. Right-click the mouse, then select Delete Cells... from the menu that appears.


A dialog box will appear. Select Delete entire row or Delete entire column, then click OK.


  1. The column or row will be deleted.


To apply a table style:

  1. Click anywhere on the table, then click the Design tab on the right side of the Ribbon.


Locate the Table Styles group, then click the More drop-down arrow to see all available table styles.


Select the desired style.


The selected table style will appear.


To modify table style options:


Once you've chosen a table style, you can turn various options on or off to change the appearance of the table. There are six options: Header Row, Total Row, Banded Rows, First Column, Last Column, and Banded Columns.

  1. Click anywhere on the table.
  2. Click the Design tab on the right side of the Ribbon, then check or uncheck the desired options in the Table Style Options group.


The table style will be modified.


Depending on which Table Style you're using, certain Table Style Options may have a somewhat different effect. You may need to experiment to get the exact look you want.


To add borders to a table:

  1. Select the cells you wish to add a border to.


From the Design tab, select the desired Line Style, Line Weight, and Pen Color.


  1. Click the Borders drop-down arrow.
  2. Select the desired border type from the menu that appears.


The border will appear around the selected cells.


Modifying a table using the Layout tab


When you select a table in Word 2013, the Layout tab appears under Table Tools on the Ribbon. From the Layouttab, you can make a variety of modifications to the table.

Click the buttons in the interactive below to learn about the different ways you can modify a table with the Layout tab.