Tables are a fast way to present a large array of textual and numerical information. It is commonly accepted that Excel, a part of the Microsoft Office package, is responsible for working with electronic spreadsheets. In many ways, this is true, as it allows for the creation of complex tables with automatic calculation of statistical information.
Nevertheless, tables in Word are also frequently used and are a typical element in many informational documents. Essentially, there is one way to create a regular table in Word, as provided by the developers at Microsoft, but it can be applied differently depending on the goals and tasks. In addition, a table can be transferred from Excel or copied from an external internet source. Here we suggest the Top 7 solutions for quickly creating a table in Word.
The basic method of creating a table in Word using the quick setup of its parameters. It is recommended to use this method in cases when you need to insert one or two tables throughout the document.
To create a table, you need to:
After creating the table, the toolbar will automatically switch to the "Design" tab. In the "Table Styles" section, when you click on the button in the form of a down arrow, a menu with a list of different layouts will appear.
By clicking on any of the layouts, its style will be applied to the inserted table. By clicking on the button at the end of the menu, "Change Table Style", you can manually adjust the borders, fill, font, and other elements.
This method is suitable for cases when the parameters of the future table are already known in advance. It is performed using almost the same tools as in the first case.
To insert a table with certain parameters, you need to:
When adjusting the column width, there are three options available. The first one is fixed, which means that the width will automatically change when the field is filled. The second option is fit to contents. In this case, the columns will have a minimum size and expand as information is added. The third option is fit to window. The size of the table will depend on the width of the document's working area.
The "Draw Table" tool allows you to create a table with individual parameters when, for example, cell merging, different heights, and widths are required. The tool is quite simple and intuitive.
To draw a table in Word with individual parameters, you need to:
After completing the work, you can switch to the "Design" tab and choose/create the desired table style through the "Table Styles" section. This method is most optimal when you need to create a table with a non-standard arrangement of rows, columns, and cells.
Microsoft continuously adds more features to each new version of Word, including features for working with tables. In the latest versions, there are templates for creating so-called "quick tables." They are used when you need to insert a table for a list, calendar, with subheadings, etc.
To insert a quick table, you need to:
The list of quick tables in Word is not very large and only includes standard solutions. However, developers have provided an option for users to create a template and add it to the existing list. To do this, create a table using any convenient method, for example, through the "Draw Table" tool. Then, adjust the border thickness and other elements.
After that, click on the table move icon in the top left corner or select it by clicking LMB. The table will be selected. Then go to the "Insert" tab, click on the "Table" button, and select "Quick Tables" -> "Save Selection to Quick Tables Gallery...". In the opened window, enter the name of the added table, description, and other items (you can leave them as default), and confirm by clicking "OK".
Sometimes documents already contain information that will be presented in the form of a table in the future. This means that the user will create a table and manually transfer the data to the desired cells using the "copy/paste" method. This is a typical but rather laborious method.
In MS Word, there is a method for converting text into a table, where the selected part of the text will be automatically placed in its cells. For example, if there is a list with categories listed in the left part and some values or parameters in the right part.
To convert text into a table, you need to:
After the conversion, manual editing of the table will be required. In conclusion, you can turn off the display of special characters and continue working with the document.
In the Microsoft Office suite, Excel is responsible for working with tables, and its tools are fully oriented towards tables. Despite this, you can transfer any table from Excel to Word thanks to the compatibility between the spreadsheet and word processor. The easiest method is to select a table segment in Excel using the LMB, then press Ctrl + C, go to Word, and press Ctrl + V.
Additionally, there is a tool for creating an Excel table in Word:
The last method of creating a table in Microsoft Word is to copy a ready-made table from any website on the Internet. To do this, go to the website where the desired table is located. Select the table using the left mouse button and press Ctrl + C.
Switch to Word, click the LMB in the place where you want to copy the table and press Ctrl + V. If necessary, further edit the table by changing the width and height of the cells.
Currently, Microsoft Word 2003 is rarely used, but it is still relevant as a text processor with basic functions. It is also perfectly suited for very weak personal computers.
To create a table in Word 2003, go to the "Table" tab on the toolbar. In the dropdown menu, select "Insert" and click on "Table" on the right side. In the "Insert Table" window, specify the desired number of columns and rows, select the desired condition in the "AutoFit behavior for columns" subsection, and confirm the creation by clicking the "OK" button.
The second method is to click on the corresponding icon on the toolbar, select the number of rows and columns in the dropdown menu, and finally click with the LMB.