Delete a table

Click your cursor in the table so that the table move handle appears outside the upper left corner, click the table move handle and press the Backspace key.

A table showing the table move handle

If you're using Word and the table move handle doesn’t appear, the document might not be in Print Layout view. To switch to Print Layout view, click the Print Layout button at the bottom right of the Word window.

The Print Layout view indicator icon.

For information on deleting only part of the table, see Delete a cell, column, or row in a table.

Delete the contents of the table

To delete the information that’s inside a table, select that part of the table, and then press the Delete key. The rows and columns remain along with any formatting, but all the content disappears.

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