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Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables – Tutorial

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Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables- Tutorial: A picture of a table in Word being adjusted using the “AutoFit” button in the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon of Word 2016.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables: Overview

            You can adjust row height and column width in Word tables using the mouse. To do this, place your mouse pointer over the border of the column or row to adjust. When you are in the correct place, the mouse pointer turns into a double-line with an intersecting arrow. At that point, you then click and drag to adjust the column width or row height.

            In addition to manual adjustments you make with your mouse, you can also use the commands in the “Cell Size” button group in the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon to adjust row height and column width in Word tables. To do this, select the cells whose width or height you wish to adjust. Then use the “Height:” and “Width:” spinner boxes to set the height and the width of the selected cells.

            You can also use the “AutoFit” button to apply automatic adjustments to selected cells. To do this, select the cells that you want to automatically adjust. Then click the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon. Then click the “AutoFit” button in the “Cell Size” button group. From the drop-down menu, select the method of adjustment to apply. You can select “AutoFit Contents” to resize the cells to fit their content. You can select “AutoFit Window” to stretch the table across the page to fit the window. Finally, you can select “Fixed Column Width” to set the widths of the columns by hand using the techniques you just learned.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables- Tutorial: A picture of a table in Word being adjusted using the “AutoFit” button in the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon of Word 2016.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables- Tutorial: A picture of a table in Word being adjusted using the “AutoFit” button in the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon of Word 2016.

            Another way to adjust row height and column width in Word tables is to equally distribute the spacing allocated to a selection of rows or columns. For example, if you had three adjacent columns of unequal sizes in a table, you could select them and then resize them so that each one was the same width over the selected area. To do this, select the columns or rows to evenly distribute. Then click either the “Distribute Rows” or the “Distribute Columns” button in the “Cell Size” button group on the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon. Doing this then distributes the selected columns or rows equally over the selected area.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables: Instructions

  1. To adjust row height and column width in Word tables using the mouse, place your mouse pointer over the border of the column or row to adjust.
  2. When in the correct place, the mouse pointer turns into a double-line with an intersecting arrow.
  3. At that point, you then click and drag to adjust the column width or row height.
  4. To adjust row height and column width in Word tables using the Ribbon, select the table cells to adjust.
  5. Click the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon.
  6. Use the “Height:” and “Width:” spinner boxes in the “Cell Size” group to set the cells’ height and width.
  7. To automatically fit row height and column width in Word tables to their content, select the cells whose size you want to automatically adjust.
  8. Click the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon.
  9. Click the “AutoFit” button in the “Cell Size” button group.
  10. Then select the method of adjustment to apply from the drop-down menu.
  11. You can select “AutoFit Contents” to resize the cells to fit their content.
  12. To stretch the table across the page to fit the window, select “AutoFit Window.”
  13. You can select “Fixed Column Width” to manually set column widths.
  14. To equally distribute column and row spacing, select the columns or rows to evenly distribute.
  15. Then click the “Layout” tab of the “Table Tools” contextual tab in the Ribbon.
  16. Then click either the “Distribute Rows” or the “Distribute Columns” button in the “Cell Size” button group.
  17. Doing that then distributes the selected columns or rows equally over the selected area.

Adjust Row Height and Column Width in Word Tables: Video Lesson

            You can watch the following video lesson, titled “Adjusting Cell Size,” to see the different methods you can use to adjust row height and column width in Word tables. This video is from our complete Word training, titled “Mastering Word Made Easy v.2016-2013.”

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