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Answered By: Kate Anderson, Business Librarian
Last Updated: Sep 03, 2015     Views: 105

The basic steps for creating a standard table in Microsoft Word (2013) are:

1. Open a blank Word document

2. In the top ribbon, press Insert

3. Click on the Table button

4. Either use the diagram to select the number of columns and rows you need, or click Insert Table and a dialog box will appear where you can specify the number of columns and rows.

5. The blank table will now appear on the page. Alter it as necessary. Standard features like bold, italics, and underline are still available! These items may be helpful for creating headings or calling out certain items in the table.


The library also has many helpful resources for learning how to make tables in Microsoft Word:

Inserting a Simple Table - Section from Microsoft Word 2013 Plan & Simple

Adding Tables - Chapter from Easy Microsoft Word 2010

Working with Tables - Chapter from Word 2010 All-In-One for Dummies


The tutoring service also has self-paced table and chart lessons/tutorials within SkillSurfer. Follow these steps to access:

1. Log into the tutoring service (click on the blue hyperlink to the left to login!)

2. Click on SkillSurfer

3. Click on Computers and Technology

4. Click on Intermediate underneath Microsoft Word

5. Select Creating Tables and Charts

6. Choose the exact item(s) you wish to learn about (likely Creating Tables from Scratch).