Insert or create a table

(from: http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/word-help/insert-or-create-a-table-HA010034300.aspx)

Note For information about adding cells, rows, or columns to a table, see Add a cell, row, or column to a table.
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==Insert a table==
In Microsoft Office Word 2007, you can insert a table by choosing from a selection of preformatted tables — complete with sample data — or by selecting the number of rows and columns that you want. You can insert a table into a document, or you can insert one table into another table to create a more complex table.

Use table templates

You can use table templates to insert a table that is based on a gallery of preformatted tables. Table templates contain sample data to help you visualize what the table will look like when you add your data.
  1. Click where you want to insert a table.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table, point to Quick Tables, and then click the template that you want.
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  1. Replace the data in the template with the data that you want.

Use the Table menu

  1. Click where you want to insert a table.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table, and then, under Insert Table, drag to select the number of rows and columns that you want.
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Use the Insert Table command

You can use the Insert Table command to choose the table dimensions and format before you insert the table into a document.
  1. Click where you want to insert a table.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table, and then click Insert Table.
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  1. Under Table size, enter the number of columns and rows.
  2. Under AutoFit behavior, choose options to adjust the table size.
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==Create a table==
You can create a table by drawing the rows and columns that you want or by converting text to a table.

Draw a table

You can draw a complex table — for example, one that contains cells of different heights or a varying number of columns per row.
  1. Click where you want to create the table.
  2. On the Insert tab, in the Tables group, click Table, and then click Draw Table.
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The pointer changes to a pencil.
  1. To define the outer table boundaries, draw a rectangle. Then draw the column lines and row lines inside the rectangle.
To draw table
To draw table

  1. To erase a line or block of lines, under Table Tools, on the Design tab, in the Draw Borders group, click Eraser.
  2. Click the line that you want to erase. To erase the entire table, see Delete a table or clear its contents.
  3. When you finish drawing the table, click in a cell and start typing or insert a graphic.