How to Insert a Column Into a Table in Word 2010

Tables are an effective way to display certain types of data, and Microsoft Word 2010 makes it easy to create and edit tables. If you find after creating your table that it doesn’t have enough room for all of the information that you want to include, then you may be looking for a way to add additional cells to the table.

One good way to do this is by adding a new column to the table. Word 2010 makes it possible to insert a new column at any point inside your existing table, ensuring that you will not need to delete and re-create an entirely new table. You can follow our instructions below to add a column to a table that you have already created in your document.

 

Adding a Column to a Word 2010 Table

This article was written for users of Microsoft Word 2010. However, these steps will be very similar in other versions of Word as well.

 

Step 1: Open the document in Word 2010 that contains the table that you want to modify.

 

Step 2: Click inside a table cell in the column to the left of where you want to insert the new column.

click inside a column in your table

 

 

Step 3: Click the Layout tab under Table Tools at the top of the window.

click the layout tab

 

 

Step 4: Click the Insert Right button to insert a column to the right of the column that you selected in Step 2. If you would instead prefer to insert a column to the left of this column, then click the Insert Left button.

click the insert right button

 

 

If your table is already taking up the full width of the page, then Word will adjust the widths of the existing columns to accommodate the addition of the new column.

 

Is your table not entirely contained on the page? This can happen if you copy and paste a table from a different document, or from a different program.  This article will show you how to make your Word tables fit on the page.

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