Multi-task tricks of the Table Move handle in Word

Click or double-click the Table Move handle to quickly complete several tasks in Microsoft Word.

Tables are a common feature in Word documents. They organize related data in a neat, comprehensive format. Fortunately, it's easy to create and work with Word tables, especially if you know some of the feature's shortcuts. The Table Move handle (you might also know this button as the Table Select button) is one such shortcut and it's a multi-task shortcut!

The Table Move handle, shown below, appears in the upper-left corner anytime the mouse passes over the table or you actually select something in the table. Using this handle, you can quickly complete the following tasks:

  • Click the Table Move handle to select the table so you can apply formatting to the entire table.
  • Click and hold the mouse to drag the table to another position—this is especially handy when you insert a table at the beginning of a new page and then realize you want to add text at the top of the page, above the table.
  • Double-click to open the Table Properties dialog box (in Word 2003).
  • Click and press Backspace to delete the entire table and its contents (in Page Layout view in Word 2007 and 2010 ).
  • Click and press Delete to delete only the table's contents (in Page Layout view in Word 2007 and 2010).