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In Word, you can insert a table, convert text to a table, and even draw a table.

Insert a table

To quickly insert a table:

  • Select Insert > Table and move the cursor over the grid until you highlight the number of columns and rows you want.

    Insert table grid

For larger tables, or to customize the table:

  1. Select Insert > Table > Insert Table.

    Insert Table

  2. Select the number of columns and rows, AutoFit behavior, and then select OK.

    The insert table dialog gives you extra control over how your table looks.

    Tip: Check Remember dimensions for new tables if you want all new tables to look like this.

Convert text to a table

  1. Separate the text you want to convert to a table with paragraphs, commas, tabs, or a special character. Then select the text.

  2. Select Insert > Table, and then select Convert Text to Table.

    The Convert Text to Table option is highlighted on the Insert tab.

  3. Select the table size, AutoFit behavior, and how you separated the text: paragraphs, commas, tabs, or a special character.

  4. Select OK.

Draw a table

  1. Select Insert > Table > Draw Table.

  2. Draw a rectangle to make the table’s borders. Then draw lines for columns and rows inside the rectangle.

    how to draw table

Select a style

  1. Click anywhere in the table to select the table.

  2. On the Table Tools > Design tab, select a style.

    Table Tools tab

Want more?

Insert or draw a table

Convert text to a table or a table to text

Convert text to a table or a table to text in Word 2016 for Mac

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