Answered By: Kate Anderson, Business Librarian
Last Updated: Feb 26, 2019     Views: 18952

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.

6. Follow these instructions for ensuring your table meets APA formatting guidelines.

Need additional help? The tutoring service 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).


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