Resize a table, column, or row

Adjust the table size, column width, or row height manually or automatically. You can change the size of multiple columns or rows and modify the space between cells. If you need to add a table to your Word document, see Add or delete a table

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Change column width

Change row height

Make multiple columns or rows the same size

Resize a column or table automatically with AutoFit

Turn off AutoFit

Resize an entire table manually

Add or change the space inside the table

Change column width

To change the column width, do one of the following:

  • To use your mouse, rest the cursor on right side of the column boundary you want to move until it becomes a resize cursor resize pointer (double-headed arrow), and then drag the boundary until the column is the width you want.

  • To change the width to a specific measurement, click a cell in the column that you want to resize. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click in the Table Column Width box, and then specify the options you want.

  • To make the columns in a table automatically fit the contents, click on your table. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click AutoFit, and then click AutoFit Contents.

  • To use the ruler, select a cell in the table, and then drag the markers on the ruler. If you want to see the exact measurement of the column on the ruler, hold down ALT as you drag the marker.

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Change row height

To change the row height, do one of the following:

  • To use your mouse, rest the pointer on the row boundary you want to move until it becomes a resize pointer split bar adjustment pointer, and then drag the boundary.

  • To set the row height to a specific measurement, click a cell in the row that you want to resize. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click in the Table Row Height box, and then specify the height you want.

  • To use the ruler, select a cell in the table, and then drag the markers on the ruler. If you want to see the exact measurement of row on the ruler, hold down ALT as you drag the marker.

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Make multiple columns or rows the same size

  1. Select the columns or rows you want to make the same size. You can press CTRL while you select to choose several sections that are not next to each other.

  2. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click Distribute Columns Evenly Button image or Distribute Rows Evenly Button image.

TO SELECT

DO THIS

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.

A row or rows

Click to the left of the row. Select a row

A column or columns

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

A cell

Click the left edge of the cell. Select a cell

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Resize a column or table automatically with AutoFit

Automatically adjust your table or columns to fit the size of your content by using the AutoFit button.

  1. Select your table.

  2. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click AutoFit.

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  3. Do one of the following.

    • To adjust column width automatically, click AutoFit Contents.

    • To adjust table width automatically, click AutoFit Window.

      Note    Row height automatically adjusts to the size of the content until you manually change it.

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Turn off AutoFit

If you don’t want AutoFit to automatically adjust your table or column width, you can turn it off.

  1. Select your table.

  2. On the Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, click AutoFit.

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  3. Click Fixed Column Width.

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Resize an entire table manually

  1. In Print Layout View, rest the cursor on the table until the table resize handle Square handle appears at the lower-right corner of the table.

  2. Rest the cursor on the table resize handle until it becomes a double-headed arrow Double-headed arrow cursor..

  3. Drag the table boundary until the table is the size you want.

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Add or change the space inside the table

To add space inside your table, you can adjust cell margins or cell spacing.

Table cell padding and cell spacing

Cell margins are inside the table cell, like the blue arrow on the top of the graphic. Cell spacing is between the cells, like the orange arrow on the bottom.

  1. Click the table.

  2. On the Layout tab, in the Alignment group, click Cell Margins, and then in the Table Options dialog box

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Under Default cell margins, enter the measurement you want to adjust the Top, Bottom, Left, or Right margins.

    • Under Default cell spacing, select the Allow spacing between cells check box, and then enter the measurement you want.

Note    The settings that you choose are available only in the active table. Any new tables that you create will use the original default setting.

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Applies To: Outlook 2013, Word 2010, Word 2007, Word 2013



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