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Use Autofit when tables exceed Word page margins

You paste a table from Excel into your Word document and notice that half of it is cut off at the margin. Where did it go? The real problem is there is too much content to fit across the page -- Mary Ann Richardson shows you how to fix it.

You paste a table from Excel into your Word document and notice that half of it is cut off at the margin. Where did it go?

Your first instinct may be to change the page orientation to landscape or change the width of your margins to fit it on the page, but that would adversely affect the rest of your document. The next step may be to use the mouse to click and drag the column borders until all the columns fit across the page.

The real problem is there is too much content to fit across the page. You can correct this situation with a few clicks of the mouse. First, change to Autofit to Window by following these steps:

  1. Select the table and right-click it.
  2. Scroll to Autofit and then select AutoFit to Window.

If the table width still exceeds the margins, change the font size by following these steps:

  1. Select the table.

  1. Press [Ctrl]< to reduce the font size.

  1. Double-click a column border to autofit the columns to the new reduced size.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 with the table selected until the entire table is visible between the margins.

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