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How do I create and format tables in Word 2007

Pop up format bar

The Layout ribbon under Table Tools is also where you can insert rows and columns into your table, either to the ends or in between existing rows and columns.

Other formatting features like bold and italic text formats are controlled by the pop up toolbar that you can reach by right clicking the text you want to interact with.

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4 comments
stapleb
stapleb

I have done tables and feel quite comfortable with them. I do find that all the styles offered are a bit of a takeover as though Microsoft considered me artistically incompetent so I just ignore most of them and go my own merry way. Another thing I discovered, if you select Draw a table from the Insert table button, then hold down the Ctrl key whilst drawing, any text existing in your document will wrap either side of the table. You can then draw in the number of columns you require and rows if you wish. But, like all tables, if you don't draw enough rows, press Tab in the last cell and you get a new row.

carlsf
carlsf

"WHY I/we do not use Office 2007, bloody "RIBBON" in Office 2003 it was 1 step to get the Tables dialog box up easy peasy, in Office 2007 it is a nightmare. Another product broken by Microsoft.

candzgramma
candzgramma

Since most of my work involves formatting text submitted by others, I frequently have to create tables from lists of data. Word 2003 allowed conversion of text to tables. I have been unsuccessful at finding this function in Word 2007. Any clues appreciated.

Oz_Media
Oz_Media

On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table, and then click Convert Text to Table.