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How do I create and format tables in Word 2007

By Mark W. Kaelin

Take advantage of the Table features of Microsoft Word 2007 to create more compelling documents. Note: The procedures outlined are essentially the same for Word 2010. This How do I... tutorial shows you how to navigate the new Ribbon interface to make it happen.

Word 2007, part of the Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, has many built-in features that can enhance your documents and the manner in which you communicate information to your audience. One of the most common and yet still useful features in this category is the table format. Creating and formatting tables in Word 2007 is different from how you did it Word 2003, but you may actually find it easier.

This gallery is also available as a TechRepublic download and as a TechRepublic article. Originally published May 2007.

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

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.