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MS Word Table Techniques – Navigation and Selecting

Here you will learn different techniques for working inside your table. We encourage you to try out each technique as your read about it so you can observe what actually happens.

Navigating in a Table
You can use the mouse, the Tab key and the Arrow keys to navigate in a table. To move the insertion point with the mouse, simply click inside the table where you want to type.

* The Tab key moves the insertion point from one cell to the next adjacent cell across the row, left to right.
* Shift + Tab moves the insertion point from the current cell to the next adjacent cell to the left.
* The up and down arrow keys move the insertion point to the next adjacent cell above or below the current cell according to the direction of the arrow.
* The left and right arrows move the insertion point one character at a time within the cell according to the direction of the arrow.
* The Home key moves the insertion point to the beginning of the line.
* The End moves the insertion point to the end of the line.
* Ctrl + Tab is used to tab within a cell.

Selection Techniques
Use normal selection techniques to select text within your table. Techniques for selecting a cell, column, row or table are similar.
* To select a cell, drag the mouse over the entire content of the cell including the end of cell mark.
* To select a row, hover your mouse pointer in the selection bar in the left margin until the white arrow is pointing at the row you want to select, then click or with the insertion point inside the row, choose Table/Select Row from the Menu commands
* To select a column, hover your mouse pointer over the top of the column until you see a black downward pointing arrow, then click or with the insertion point in the column you want to select, press Alt + Single Click or choose Table/Select Column from the Menu commands
* To select the entire table, choose Table/Select Table from the Menu bar. You can also press Alt + Double Click on the Table

Learn more:
Using Tabbed Text in MS Word
MS Word - Creating a Table out of Tabbed Text
Word - Table Techniques II – Column & Row Width, Tab Stops, and Bullets

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