Delete a table or clear its contents

You can delete an entire table or clear the contents of a table's cells without deleting the table.

What do you want to do?

Delete a table and its contents

Clear the contents of a table

Delete a table and its contents

  1. Click in the table.

  2. Under Table Tools, click the Layout tab.

  3. In the Rows & Columns group, click Delete, and then click Delete Table.

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Clear the contents of a table

  1. On the Format Text tab, in the Paragraph group, click Show/Hide.

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  2. Select the items that you want to clear.

To select

Do this

A cell

Click the left edge of the cell. Select a cell

A row

Click to the left of the row. Select a row

A column

Click the column's top gridline or border. Select a column .

Contiguous cells, rows, or columns

Drag the pointer across the cells, rows, or columns that you want.

Noncontiguous cells, rows, or columns

Click the first cell, row, or column that you want, hold down CTRL, and then click the next cell, row, or column that you want.

Text in the next cell

Press the TAB key.

Text in the previous cell


The entire table

In Print Layout view, rest the pointer over the table until the table move handle Four-headed arrow handle appears, and then click the table move handle.

  1. Press DELETE.

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