How to Insert a Table in Word 2010

Tables are a great way to organize data. While programs like Microsoft Excel are better suited for storing and comparing data, you can find yourself in a situation where a table will display your information better in Word than simply typing that data directly into the document.

Microsoft includes a helpful table creation tool in Word 2010 that makes it a simple process to insert a table of a size that you specify, into which you can then type your information.

 

Creating a Table in Word 2010

 

Once you have created your table you can click inside any of the table’s cells to begin adding your data. You can also adjust the width of your table’s columns and rows to ensure that it appears in your document in the manner in which you intended.

 

Step 1: Open the document into which you want to insert your table.

 

Step 2: Position your mouse at the point in the document where you want the table to be displayed.

position your cursor in your document

Position your cursor in the document

 

 

Step 3: Click the Insert tab at the top of the window.

Click the Insert tab

Click the Insert tab

 

 

Step 4: Click the Tables button in the Tables section of the ribbon, then specify the size of the table by clicking on the square in the grid that represents the size of the table you want to create. For example, in the image below I want to create a table that has 4 columns and 4 rows.

how to insert a table in word 2010

Specify the table size

 

 

When your cursor is positioned inside of the table, you will notice that there are two new tabs at the top of the window. They are positioned under the Table Tools option, and are labeled as Design and Layout.

the table tools tabs

 

You can use the options on both of these tabs to help customize the structure and appearance of your table.

 

If you adjust the size of your table and make it smaller than the full width of the document, you will notice that it is left-aligned. You can read this article to learn how to center a table in Word 2010.

 

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