How to Create a Complex Table in Microsoft Word

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When you need more than a simple table or if you're a hands-on type of person, Word provides the tools to draw the table you want. These instructions are for Word 97 or 98.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Go to the Table menu and select Draw Table. The Tables and Borders window opens.

  • Select the line style and line weight (the width of the line).

  • Select the border color.

  • Select the type of border you want.

  • Click the Draw tool (the pencil).

  • Point to the area on your page where the upper-left corner of your table will be located.

  • Drag to create the table. Let go of the mouse button when the table's outline matches the size you want the table to be.

  • Create columns by pointing to the top line of the table and dragging downward.

  • Create rows by pointing to the left vertical line of the table and dragging horizontally.

Tips & Warnings

  • To see a description of a table tool, "hover" over it with the mouse pointer.
  • After you have drawn the table, you can use the table tools to merge or split cells; position text at the top, center or bottom of each cell; and distribute rows and columns evenly.
  • You can also change text direction, sort contents in ascending or descending order, and use the Table AutoFormat menu, as well as use AutoSum to automatically add numbers in columns.
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