Set or change table properties

To set or change table options in Word or Outlook, right-click a table and choose Table Properties.

Note: If you want to set properties for a particular row, column, or cell, click in that row, column, or cell before making changes in the Table Properties dialog box.

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Table properties

Row properties

Column properties

Cell properties

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Table properties

Table tab in the Table Properties dialog box

Click the Table tab to apply settings to your entire table:

  • Under Size, set the table's overall width by selecting Preferred width and choosing a size. In the Measure in box, choose whether you want to measure the width in inches or a percentage of the page.

  • Under Alignment, choose whether you want to align your table to the left, center, or right of page. If you select Left, you can select an indentation distance in the Indent from Left box.

  • Under Text wrapping, select Around if you want nearby text on your page to wrap around your table; you can make text wrapping more precise by clicking Positioning, and then choosing options in the Table Positioning dialog box. If you don't want text wrapping, select None.

  • Click Borders and Shading to change the border style, line color, and line width of your table.

  • Click Options to set more table properties, including top and bottom cell margins, cell spacing, and automatic resizing of cell contents.

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Row properties

Row tab in the Table Properties dialog box

First, click in the row or select the rows you want to change, right-click, choose Table Properties, and then click the Row tab.

  • Under Size, set the row's height by selecting Preferred height and choosing a size; you can further refine the height by selecting an option in the Row height is box.

  • Under Options, select options for breaking rows across pages or creating header rows.

  • To display the currently selected row at the top of the tab and navigate between rows without leaving the Table Properties dialog box, click Previous Row or Next Row.

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Column properties

Column tab in the Table Properties dialog box

First, click in the column or select the columns you want to change, right-click, choose Table Properties, and then click the Column tab.

  • Under Size, set the column's width by selecting Preferred width and choosing a size. In the Measure in box, choose whether you want to measure the width in inches or a percentage.

  • To display the currently selected column or columns at the top of the tab and navigate between columns without leaving the Table Properties dialog box, click Previous Column or Next Column.

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Cell properties

Cell tab in the Table Properties dialog box

First, click in the cell that you want to change, right-click, choose Table Properties, and then click the Cell tab.

  • Under Size, set the cell's width by selecting Preferred width and choosing a size. In the Measure in box, choose whether you want to measure the width in inches or a percentage.

  • Under Vertical alignment, choose an alignment option for the cell contents—Top (the default alignment), Center, or Bottom.

  • Click Options to set more cell properties, including top and bottom cell margins and text wrapping and fit options.

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Alt Text tab in the Table Properties dialog box

You can create alternative text (alt text) for your table to help people with screen readers understand the content of the table.

  • In the Description box, enter an explanation of the table.

  • In the Title box, enter a brief summary of the table.

    Note:  Unless you have a complex table, you will usually want to enter text in just the Description box. When you have complex content to describe, filling in the Title field is useful so that reading the full description is not necessary unless desired.

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