Insert a table into an Outlook message

Applies to

Microsoft Office Word 2003

Microsoft Word 2000 and 2002

Microsoft Office Outlook® 2003

Microsoft Outlook® 2000 and 2002

If you want to display content in your message using a row and column format, you can insert a table directly into the message. Just use HTML as your message format and Word as your e-mail editor. If you aren't currently using Word as your e-mail editor and HTML as your message format, you must first change your default settings.

Set the default to use Word as your e-mail editor

  1. In the main Outlook window, on the Tools menu, click Tools, and then click the Mail Format tab.

  2. In the Compose in this message format list, click HTML.

  3. Select the Use Microsoft Office Word 2003 to edit e-mail messages check box.

    Note: In Outlook 2000 and 2002, select the Use Microsoft Word to edit e-mail messages check box.

Insert a table into a message

  1. Create a new e-mail message.

  2. Click where you want to create a table, and then on the Table menu, point to Insert, and then click Insert.

  3. Under Table size, specify the number of columns and rows, then under Autofit behavior click the options you want, and then click OK.

You can also create a complex table — for example, one that contains cells of different heights or a varying number of columns per row — by drawing it, and you can create a table within a table. For more information about tables, see Word Help. (In Outlook, you must have a message open that uses Word as your e-mail editor to search Word Help for this information.)

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