Add a cell, row, or column to a table

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Add a cell

Add a row above or below

Add a column to the left or right

About the Table Tools contextual tabs

Add a cell

  1. Click in a cell that is to the right of or above where you want to insert a cell.

  2. Under Table Tools, click the Layout tab.

  3. Click the arrow at the bottom, right-hand corner of the Rows & Columns section.

  4. Click one of the following options.

    Click

    To

    Shift cells right

    Insert a cell and move all other cells in that row to the right.

    Note: Word does not insert a new column. This may result in a row that has more cells than the other rows.

    Shift cells down

    Insert a cell and move the existing cells down one row. A new row is added at the bottom of the table.

    Insert entire row

    Insert a row above the cell that you clicked in.

    Insert entire column

    Insert a column to the left of the cell that you clicked in.

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Add a row above or below

  1. Click in a cell above or below where you want to add a row.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, do one of the following:

    • To add a row above the cell, click Insert Above in the Rows and Columns group.

    • To add a row below the cell, click Insert Below in the Rows and Columns group.

Tip:  To insert more than one row (or column) at the same time, select as many rows or columns as you want to add before you click the insert control. For example, to insert two rows above a row, first select two rows in your table and then click Insert Above.

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Add a column to the left or right

  1. Click in a cell to the left or right of where you want to add a column.

  2. Under Table Tools, on the Layout tab, do one of the following:

    • To add a column to the left of the cell, click Insert Left in the Rows and Columns group.

    • To add a column to the right of the cell, click Insert Right in the Rows and Columns group.

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About the Table Tools contextual tabs

You will need to know where the Design and LayoutTable Tools contextual tabs are when working on the design and structural layout of a table. The Design and Layout tabs are only visible after you have clicked inside of a table, and appear at the top of the screen on the ribbon.

Add a cell, row, or column to a table

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See Also

Delete a row, column, or cell from a table

Add columns and rows to a table

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