How to enter a tab character in a Word table

Enter literal Tab character in a Word table

I've been using Word tables for years. They're efficient and easy to insert and format. Recently, I wanted to enter a tab character between phrases in a single table cell. But when you press Tab in a table, Word positions the cursor in the next cell. At first, I thought, Oh no.... but it didn't take me just a second to try Ctrl + Tab, which worked perfectly.

Office is consistent with this sort of trick — using Ctrl to enter a literal character, I mean. For instance, pressing Ctrl + Enter in an Access text box control positions the cursor in the following line, creating a second line of text in the control. Pressing just Enter gives focus to the next control in the sequence.

By Susan Harkins

Susan Sales Harkins is an IT consultant, specializing in desktop solutions. Previously, she was editor in chief for The Cobb Group, the world's largest publisher of technical journals.