Microsoft Word – creating table columns of equal width

Often when you create a table within Microsoft Word the first column of the table has the largest amount of text in it:

Type of item sold April May June
Encyclopaedias and reference books 25 43 54
Novels 250 321 235
DVDs 444 333 432

 

In the table above I would like Encyclopaedias and reference books to all fit on one line. A lot of people would widen that column, then realise that they then need to widen the second column, then having done that widen the third column etc.

Type of item sold April May June
Encyclopaedias and reference books 25 43 54
Novels 250 321 235
DVDs 444 333 432

In the example above I have used by mouse to widen the first column; it would then look best if the columns for April, May and June were all the same width.

To achieve this select the columns for April, May and June then on the Table Tools Layout tab, in the Cell Size group, select Distribute Columns.

Type of item sold April May June
Encyclopaedias and reference books 25 43 54
Novels 250 321 235
DVDs 444 333 432

 

The last three columns are now all the same width.

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About jdonbavand

I am a trainer of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project and Crystal Reports. I have called my blog "If Only I'd Known That...." because I hear it so many times in training sessions. In fact, if only I had a £100 (or 150 Aussie dollars)for every time someone says "If only I'd known that." ....
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