Modify a table in Word on a mobile device

There are lots of table formatting choices in Word, even when you're working on a mobile device. Here's an overview of some of the things you can do to format your tables in Word for iPad and iPhone, Word Mobile for Windows 10, and Word for Android tablets and phones.

On your Android tablet or phone

You can use a template to format your table based on an existing style from the gallery. Table templates can help you visualize what the table will look like when you add your data.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Table Styles icon.

  3. Select from the gallery of table templates.

    Android table templates

You can use the style options to add shading to a row or column.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Style Options.

  3. Select options from the menu. You can choose to have shading on the header row, and you can add shading to entire rows or columns or to alternating rows or columns.

    Android table style options

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that you want to fill with color.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Shading.

  3. Select a color.

    Android table shading options

You can choose to align the text left, center, or right, and you can align the text in the top, middle, or bottom of a cell.

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that contains the text.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Text. (On your Android phone, tap Alignment.)

  3. Tap an alignment option.

    Android table text alignment

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that contains the text.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Text, and tap Text Rotation. (On your Android phone, just tap Text Rotation.)

  3. Tap Horizontal, Rotate all text 90°, or Rotate all text 270°.

    Android table text rotation

You can use AutoFit to automatically expand or contract the width of a column to fit the cell contents.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside a column or tap the selection block in the upper left corner of your table to select your entire table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Cell Size icon. (On your Android phone, tap AutoFit.)

  3. Select from the AutoFit options:

    • Tap AutoFit Contents, and the column widths will automatically shrink or expand to the width of the contents.

    • Tap AutoFit Page, and the column widths will automatically expand to the page width.

    • Tap Fixed Column Width to turn off the AutoFit feature.

    Android table cell size

  1. Open your document, and tap inside a column or tap the selection block in the upper left corner of your table to select your entire table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Distribute.

  3. Tap Distribute Rows or Distribute Columns.

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell in which you want to insert the table.

  2. Tap the Insert icon (On your Android phone, tap the ellipsis, tap Home and then tap Insert.)

  3. On the Insert tab, tap Table.

On your iPad or iPhone

You can use a template to format your table based on a existing style from the gallery. Table templates can help you visualize what the table will look like when you add your data.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table

  2. On the Table tab, tap Table Styles.

  3. Select from the gallery of table templates.

    iPad table template gallery

You can use the style options to add shading to a row or column.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Style Options .

  3. Select options from the menu. You can choose to have shading on the header row, and you can add shading to entire rows or columns or to alternating rows or columns.

    iPad table style options

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that you want to fill with color.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Shading.

  3. Select a color.

    iPad table shading options

You can choose to align the text left, center, or right, and you can align the text in the top, middle, or bottom of a cell.

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that contains the text.

  2. On the Table tab, tap Alignment.

  3. Tap an alignment option.

    iPad text alignment menu

You can use AutoFit to automatically expand or contract the width of a column to fit the cell contents.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside a column or tap the arrow to select your entire table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the AutoFit icon. (On your iPhone, tap AutoFit.)

  3. Select from the AutoFit options:

    • Tap AutoFit Contents, and the column widths will automatically shrink or expand to the width of the contents.

    • Tap AutoFit Page, and the column widths will automatically expand to the page width.

    • Tap Fixed Column Width to turn off the AutoFit feature.

    iPad AutoFit options

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell in which you want to insert the table.

  2. Tap the Insert icon (On your iPhone, tap the Edit icon, tap Home and then tap Insert.)

  3. On the Insert tab, tap Table.

    iPad table within a table

On your Windows 10 tablet or phone

You can use a template to format your table based on a existing style from the gallery. Table templates can help you visualize what the table will look like when you add your data.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Table Styles icon.

  3. Select from the gallery of table templates.

    Windows Mobile table template gallery

You can use the style options to add shading to a row or column.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside the table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Style Options icon.

  3. Select options from the menu. You can choose to have shading on the header row, and you can add shading to entire rows or columns or to alternating rows or columns.

    Windows Mobile table style options

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that you want to fill with color.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Shading icon.

  3. Select a color.

    Windows Mobile table shading

You can choose to align the text left, center, or right, and you can align the text in the top, middle, or bottom of a cell.

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that contains the text.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Alignment icon.

  3. Tap an alignment option.

    Windows Mobile table text alignment

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell that contains the text.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Alignment icon.

  3. Tap Text Rotation.

  4. Tap Horizontal, Rotate all text 90°, or Rotate all text 270°.

    Windows Mobile table text rotation

You can use AutoFit to automatically expand or contract the width of a column to fit the cell contents.

  1. Open your document, and tap inside a column or tap the selection block in the upper right corner of your table to select the entire table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Cell Size icon. (On your Windows phone, tap AutoFit.)

  3. Select from the AutoFit options:

    • Tap AutoFit Contents, and the column widths will automatically shrink or expand to the width of the contents.

    • Tap AutoFit Page, and the column widths will automatically expand to the page width.

    • Tap Fixed Column Width to turn off the AutoFit feature.

    Windows Mobile AutoFit options

  1. Open your document, and tap inside a column or tap the selection block in the upper left corner of your table to select the entire table.

  2. On the Table tab, tap the Cell Size icon. (On your Windows phone, tap Distribute.)

  3. Tap Distribute Rows or Distribute Columns.

    Windows Mobile distribute table columns and rows

  1. Open your document, and tap the cell in which you want to insert the table.

  2. Tap the Insert icon (On your Windows phone, tap the ellipsis, tap Home and then tap Insert.)

  3. On the Insert tab, tap Table.

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