How to Create a Simple Table in Microsoft Word
Tables present complex information in an easy-to-read format. You can insert text, numbers and graphics in tables. These instructions work for Microsoft Word 97 or 98.
Things You'll Need
- Microsoft Word
Go to the Table menu and select Insert Table. The Insert Table window opens.
Select the number of rows and columns you want in your table.
Select the column width (up to 22 inches) or choose Auto to have the column width adjust automatically, making the table extend across the width of the page.
Select the AutoFormat button to select one of Word's preformatted table styles. The Table AutoFormat window opens.
Click one of the styles in the Formats box in the upper-left side of the window.
Preview each format, after selecting it, in the Preview box in the upper-right side of the window.
To customize a preselected format, select or deselect the borders, shading, font, color, heading rows, first column, last row and last column boxes.
Select AutoFit, and Word will automatically fit the table to your page.
Tips & Warnings
- To manually change the width of a table or column after you've created it, use the mouse to place the pointer over the vertical line you want to move. When the pointer turns into a double-headed arrow, drag the line to the position you want it in the table.