How to Insert a Table in Microsoft Word

Organize, display, and format information with this handy feature

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Microsoft Word tables are a versatile tool that can help you present information in an organized way. Tables are easy to insert and modify. A couple of clicks enable you to create a simple table.

This article applies to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word for Office 365.

Insert a Small Table

A table consists of rows and columns of cells where you can place text. Using the simplest method to insert a table in Word, you may create one consisting of up to 10 columns and 8 rows. Here's how to do it.

  1. Place your cursor where you want the table to appear. On the ribbon, select Insert.

    MS Word document with Insert tab displayed
  2. In the Tables group, select Table. Move your cursor over the cells and select the desired number of columns and rows.

    MS Word with new table inserted
  3. Your table is inserted into your Word document with evenly spaced columns and rows. The Table Design tab is displayed. Place your cursor in any cell to type text into it and use the commands on the Table Design tab to format your table.

    MS Word document with new table inserted

Insert a Larger Table

You aren’t limited to inserting a 10 x 8 table. If you'd like to insert a larger table into your document, here's how to do it.

  1. Place your cursor where you want the table to appear. On the ribbon, select Insert.

    MS Word document with Insert tab displayed
  2. In the Tables group, select Table. From the dropdown menu, select Insert Table.

    MS Word with Insert Table menu displayed
  3. In the Insert Table dialog box, select the number of columns and rows you want. Under AutoFit behavior, select AutoFit to window. Select OK.

    MS Word with Insert Table dialog box displayed
  4. Your table is inserted into your Word document with evenly spaced columns and rows. The Table Design tab is displayed. Place your cursor in any cell to type text into it and use the commands on the Table Design tab to format your table.

    MS Word with new table inserted

Insert a Quick Table

Microsoft Word has many built-in table styles, including calendars, a tabular-styled table, a double table, a matrix, and a table with subheadings. When you insert a Quick Table, Word creates and formats the table automatically for you. Here's how to do it.

  1. Place your cursor where you want the table to appear. On the ribbon, select Insert.

    MS Word document
  2. In the Tables group, select Table. From the dropdown menu, select Quick Tables. Choose a style you like.

    MS Word with Quick Tables menu displayed
  3. Your pre-formatted table is inserted into your Word document. The Table Design tab is displayed. Replace the text with your own content and use the commands on the Table Design tab to format your table.

    MS Word document with new Quick Table inserted