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Why use Microsoft Word’s built-in heading styles?

Why use Word’s built-in heading styles?

You can do almost any task of numbering using your own custom styles.

But there are over a dozen good reasons to use the built-in Heading styles and modify them to suit your needs.

Word has nine built-in Heading styles. They are called Heading 1, Heading 2 etc. You can use other styles (including your own custom styles) for most heading and numbering purposes. But there are good reasons to use Word’s built-in Heading styles.

If you don’t like the format of the built-in styles (and few people would find them attractive as they arrive out of the box), you can modify the styles so they have the font, paragraph and other formatting you want.

Numbering

You can apply numbering to any kind of style. But Word makes it easier to apply numbering to the built-in Heading styles.

Applying the styles

It is particularly easy to apply the built-in Heading styles because Word has built-in keyboard shortcuts. See How to apply a style in Word for a list.

Table of Contents

You can use any styles to construct a Table of Contents. But Word makes it easier if you use the built-in Heading styles, because they are the default.

Page numbering with “chapter” numbering

Let’s say you want your page numbers to look like Page 1-4 or Page 2.5. There are several ways to achieve this. But the numbers won’t appear properly in your Table of Contents unless you use Word’s built-in heading styles.

See I want to include the chapter number with the page number in the Header – how can I do this? on the MS Word MVP FAQ site for a description of how to do page numbering like this (and several good reasons why you might not want to!).

See How to control the page numbering in a Word document at the MS Word MVP FAQ site for a description of how to control page numbering in both simple and quite complex ways.

Captions with “chapter” numbering

There are several ways to create captions for your figures or tables so they look like “Figure 1-4” or “Table 2.3”. But it’s a lot easier to use Word’s built-in caption functionality.

Figure 1: When you go to add “chapter” numbering to captions, the only available styles are the built-in heading styles.

Referring to the captions

So you may as well use the built-in Headings styles and the built-in caption functionality to start with.

TIP: The Word add-in DocTools CrossReferenceManager can help you create cross-references to captions, headings and other types of targets more efficiently than the built-in feature.

Stability

You can create a custom style and number it using the techniques given in How to create numbered headings in your Word document.

But if you accidentally or deliberately delete a custom style that was part of an outline numbering scheme, the whole numbering scheme can collapse. That means you have to go back and re-create the numbering from scratch. Word won’t let you delete the in-built Heading styles, so it helps to protect you and keep the document stable. (If you try to delete a built-in Heading style, Word just re-sets it to the default. But at least it’s still there!)

Publishing to the web

The standard language for publishing documents on the web is HTML. A basic element of HTML is to label headings as H1, H2 etc. If you save a Word document as an HTML file to be published on the web, Word automatically and correctly translates text formatted with the built-in Heading styles as H1, H2 etc.

International Issues

Word comes in dozens of language versions. But “Heading 1” isn’t “Heading 1” in Finnish or French or Farsi. It’s easier to transport Word files (and especially those involving Tables of Contents or macros) across different language setups using the built-in Heading styles, because Word uses special codes to refer to them that are independent of the language being used.

For example, if you create an ordinary Table of Contents that shows 3 levels of built-in heading styles, Word creates the Table of Contents using a field code like this:  { TOC o “1-3” }. The “1-3” refers to styles “Heading 1” to “Heading 3”, but it is independent of the language version being used. You can’t get that if you use custom styles.

If you’re creating documents for an international audience that include STYLEREF fields, you can use shortcuts to refer to the built-in heading styles that are independent of your language version of Word. Use { STYLEREF 1 } instead of { STYLEREF “Heading 1” }.

If you’re writing VBA macros for people using Word in several different language versions you might like to look at the list of built-in style constants in Word. You can use the style constants across language versions. For a list of style constants including a macro that lets you add local style names, see Macro – Create List of Local Built-in Style Names.

Creating PDF files

Creating Hyperlinks within your document

Using SEQ fields

If you use SEQ fields for numbering captions or other lists, you can use a switch in the SEQ field to tell Word to re-start the numbering after each occurrence of a built-in Heading style. For example, you might tell the SEQ field to restart after each paragraph in Heading 1 style. There is no equivalent switch for custom styles. (Word’s Help lists all the switches for the SEQ field. Just look up “SEQ”.)

Document Map

In Word 2007 and earlier versions, Document Map produces very peculiar results unless Word can easily see the structure of your document. And the number one way that Word looks for structure in your document is looking for use of the built-in heading styles. (For Word 2010, Microsoft changed the behaviour so you won’t see peculiar results. But, in Word 2010, the Document Map is even more important than ever before. So it’s even more important to use the built-in heading styles.)

By the way, in Word 2003 and earlier versions, you can modify the font and shading used in the Document Map. Simply modify the built-in style called “Document Map”.

Read about How the Document Map works in Microsoft Word on this site.

Accessibility

Screen readers used by people with vision impairment rely on the built-in heading styles to make sense of documents. A screen reader doesn’t know what to make of your built-in style and, worse, can’t recognize that direct formatting (eg bold, a large font size) identifies a heading. To make accessible documents, use Word’s built-in Heading styles.

Furthermore, using the built-in heading styles enables you, or readers of your document, to use the Document Map effectively (as described above). The Document Map is used by people with limited mobility to navigate documents.

Cross-references

Outline View

Maybe the best reason for using Word’s built-in Heading styles was kept till the last.

You can use other styles in Outline View, and you can choose the Level at which they’ll appear. But it’s easiest to use the built-in Heading styles, because they’re already set up ready for you.

Outline View is probably the most useful, and least used, resource in Word. See How to save yourself hours by using Outline View properly at the MS Word MVP FAQ site for a full (and enthusiastic) description of what Outline View can do, and how to use it.

The 11th item in this list was prompted by Mike Bishop of the UK who reminded me about this reason for using the built-in Heading styles.

The 14th item in this list was prompted by Microsoft Powerpoint MVP Glenna Shaw. I keep finding reasons to use Word’s built-in heading styles. At the MVP Summit in Seattle in 2004, Glenna Shaw reminded me that using the built-in heading styles provides for more accessible documents.

The 15th item in this list was suggested by Microsoft Word MVP Suzanne Barnhill following a discussion in Microsoft’s newsgroups “My styles are all messed up”.

Why I Don’T Use Custom Table Styles In Microsoft Word 2002 And 2003 / 2023

Quick Reference: Why I don’t use Table Styles in Word 2002 or 2003

I’ve given up trying to use Table Styles for professional documentation. This page explains why.

In Word 2002, Microsoft introduced Table Styles. “Wow!”, I thought. Table Styles promised a quick way to format tables consistently and easily.

And on the face of it, they do.

In my work, I create templates for professional use. I need to define custom ways to control table formatting in several subtle ways. Using custom Table Styles should be the answer to my needs. But I don’t find them useful.

Microsoft has never documented how they work. I’ve only been able to discover how they work through trial and error, and from reading about other users’ frustrations on Microsoft’s newsgroups.

Every few months since Word 2002 was introduced, I’ve experimented with Table Styles. Every few months I’ve been disappointed, because they never give me quite what I need.

This is why I’ve finally given up on them.

Table Styles aren’t a grouping of paragraph styles

Paragraph styles are the basic mechanism for formatting text in Word. You can’t do serious work without coming to grips with them.

In my view, Table Styles should be a mechanism for identifying which paragraph styles I want used in my text + the overall settings the table itself needs.

But that’s not how Table Styles work. They apply direct formatting to my text, and they don’t play nicely with paragraph styles.

Table Styles don’t play nicely with Paragraph Styles

If text in the paragraph is in any paragraph style other than Normal, then sometimes the formatting of the Table Style over‑rides the paragraph style, and sometimes vice versa. For example:

if the Table Style is formatted so that the text is right‑aligned, and I apply a paragraph style that is left‑aligned, then the text will be right‑aligned. The Table Style “wins” the alignment debate.

if the Table Style is formatted with 9pt font, and I apply a paragraph style that has 10pt font, then the text will be 10pt. The paragraph style “wins” the font size debate.

This leaves me frustrated and confused. I apply a paragraph style to text in my table, and Word applies only some of the paragraph style’s settings. Only by trial and error can I can work out which settings of a paragraph style will be applied to the text in a table.

As a user, this single reason is sufficient for me to avoid Table Styles.

Table Styles apply fonts inconsistently

The font identified for the Table Style appears to be applied inconsistently. From testing with trial and error, the rules appear to be the following.

If I apply a Table Style to a table, and if the Table Style uses the same font as the document’s Normal style, then the font in the Table Style is applied to text in the table.

If I apply a Table Style to a table, and if the Table Style uses a font that is different from the document’s Normal style, then:

if the text in the table is in style Normal, the font specified in the Table Style is ignored.

if the style of the text in the table is in some other paragraph style, then the other style’s font is respected and the other paragraph style’s font is applied to the text.

Table Styles apply font sizes inconsistently

The font size defined in a Table Style will only be applied to my table if the document’s Normal style happens to be either 10pt or 12pt.

If the document’s Normal style uses, say, Times New Roman 11pt, then any font size I define in the Table Style is ignored.

Furthermore, I can only use 10pt fonts in a Table Style if the document’s Normal style is in 10pt. If style Normal is in some other size, I can have 9pt, or 11pt in my Table Style, but not 10pt.

Table Styles expect that all text in my table is in style Normal

When I go to insert a table, my cursor is obviously within a paragraph of text. When I insert a table, the text in the table is automatically formatted in the style of that paragraph.

But the text in the table will now be in paragraph style Body Text. And, as we’ve seen, Table Styles don’t play nicely with paragraph styles.

The only way I can get the Table Style settings to work is to select the whole table, and apply style Normal.

Table Styles are difficult for developers to use

I create lots of Word templates for clients. I’ve long since automated a lot of that work, partly because it speeds up the process, and partly because I can replicate a template with accuracy that I can’t achieve if I do it by hand.

However, a Table Style cannot be entirely constructed in code. That is because some parts of a Table Style are not exposed in Word’s object model. For example, in the user interface, I can specify that the heading row in a Table Style is to repeat at the top of each page. I cannot do that when defining a Table Style in code.

Therefore, tools to create a Table Style or to “fix up” messy tables will not work completely.

What would I have to do to use a Table Style successfully?

So, to use a Table Style successfully I would have to:

modify the Table Style to use the same font as my document’s Normal style

if I need the Table Style to use 10pt text, I must ensure that the document’s Normal style is in 10pt text

each time I insert a table, I must apply the Table Style, then select the whole table and apply style Normal (or, I must apply style Normal, then insert the table and apply the Table Style)

if I want to stay sane, I must avoid applying a paragraph style to text in a table

I have to give up on the idea of creating Table Styles in code.

Since I’ve never had a document for which these rules are appropriate, I have given up on trying to use Table Styles to format my tables.

Is Word 2007 going to solve these problems?

I don’t know yet. Certainly there have been some changes. But as far as I know, Microsoft has not yet documented how Table Styles work. So the only way to find out is trial and error.

If you’re looking for more information about Table Styles, try the following:

Using Tables For Organizing And Formatting In Microsoft Word / 2023

Tables of Contents and Tables of Authorities (Figures, etc.) are

What You Will Learn

not covered in this chapter (

Additional Written and Web Resources

This chapter last edited by Charles Kenyon on Friday 01 January 2021

Some less common ways to insert a table include:

Method 1: The Insert Table button (on the Insert Tab in Word 2007+; on the Table Menu in Word 97-2003)

Method 2: The Insert Table dialog

These methods are discussed further throughout the rest of this chapter. Help on each method to inserting a table into a document can be found in Help files in Word.

Method 5: Insert a Table Using on of the Quick Tables (Ribbon Version)

See the Quick Tables section below.

To insert or delete rows and columns, select what you want to affect-rows to affect rows, columns to affect columns-and then select the appropriate option from the Table menu (rows or columns).

Word 2000 and later has the ability to “nest” tables within another table. Nested tables are particularly useful when you use a table to lay out a page and then want to use a table to present other information such as quarterly earnings as a table within the table. To create a nested table:

Position the pencil in the cell where you want the nested table (or a table inside another table).

Draw the new table. To define the table boundaries, draw a rectangle.

Marking Header Row(s) – Table Rows that repeat after a page break – CK Addition Word 2003-2019

Tables often have header rows that describe what is in the columns underneath. When a table breaks across a page it is useful to have these header rows repeat. Documentation and tooltips talk about “the first” row, but multiple contiguous rows can be marked as the table header.

They do need to be the first row(s) in the table, though.

Word 2003-2019

Creating a Caption for a Table – CK Note

A “caption” is a label that appears with a Table. It can be sequentially numbered and automatically inserted with each Table if you wish.

Insertion of captions is covered in the chapter on Complex Documents.

If you need the caption to repeat you would need to put a cross-reference to it in the first row of the table and set that as a repeating table header row. That row need not have top or side borders. Multiple rows can be designated as header rows. Once you insert a caption, it can appear in a Table of Tables.

Legal Q&A on Tables

Labels in Microsoft Word

Paul notes that some tables can only be recovered using the first method.

Resize all cells in a table to be the same.

Here is a link to a different version (Jay Freedman’s) that changes the entire table rather than going cell-by-cell. If you haven’t worked with vba directly before, you may want to read:

Installing Macros by Graham Mayor.

It is far easier to manipulate tables if you are viewing the table gridlines. It is important to realize that Word uses the term “gridlines” for two very distinct features. The first is a graphics layout gridline applied to an entire page. You do not want to be using that feature for tables!

To view gridlines for tables in Word 97-2003 you would select “Show Gridlines” under the Table menu. (The toggle command is “Hide Gridlines.”)

Notice that what appear to be single, wrapped sentences in the view without the gridlines showing are really in separate cells. These would be treated by Word as being separate paragraphs as well.

Here is a short macro I developed in response to a request. (The macro recorder does not record much of table manipulation.) The measurements are in inches.

Labels in Microsoft Word are Tables, usually set up using the Labels button on the Mailings Tab (Word 2007 and later) or the Envelope and Labels wizard or the Mailmerge wizard (Word 2004 and earlier). Once the labels are set up, you can manipulate the them using any of the techniques given here for tables.

In the screenshot above, you can see the table layout with blank spacing cells that will not print on the labels. Display of gridlines is especially helpful with labels. You can also use the Table Layout tab’s tools to align text in your labels.

See Graham Mayor’s Insert logos /graphics on business cards and mailing labels for step-by-step instructions on inserting graphics on tables for labels and business cards.

See Create and Print Labels on Microsoft Support.

The Label tools create a slightly different document than you would get just adding an equivalent table to a Word document according to MVP Jay Freedman. “For one thing, it overrides the minimum margin settings that come from the printer driver and it ignores the usual header and footer heights.”

Any text in the chúng tôi template including headers or footers will interfere with proper creation of labels.

See also: Troubleshooting

See also: Table Causes Document File Size to Increase (Word 2000 +)

Tables can become corrupted.

Ideas (from Paul Edstein) to fix a corrupted table:

Part of the text is hidden inside a table cell…

Can I insert an Excel worksheet into Word?

Menu Versions Word 2000-2004

Ribbon Versions – Office 2007 and later

In the top box labeled “Formula” you’ll see an equal sign. Type the word “SUM”, then an open parenthesis “(” and choose “Table1Total” from the Paste Bookmark drop-down list.

Type a comma after “Table1Total” then go to the Paste Bookmark drop-down list and choose “Table2Total”.

Type a close parenthesis after “Table2Total” in the Formula box. Your formula should look like this:

=SUM(Table1Total,Table2Total)

I never could understand sorting in Word tables. Is it possible to sort dates and numbers as well as text?

Practice: Sorting Dates in Tables

In a table, enter an array of dates that are near each other but have varying formats, like the following:

How can I make a pleading caption in Word?

There are a couple of different methods you can use to create a pleading caption in Word, but tables are one of the best ways to do this.

Practice: Make a “Scalloped” Caption Using Tables

Perform steps 1 through 5 in the “Insert a Table with Draw Table tool” in the preceding exercise.

If you have a lengthy caption (you’ve probably seen some that go on for pages), you may have noticed that the scallops don’t automatically copy down the center column of the table. If you don’t find this acceptable, consider another way to make a caption where you use a border line separating the parties from the pleading title. Many courts now accept captions prepared this way-check your court rules to see if you can use this type of caption.

See also the example pleading caption (above) using Tables.

Practice: Make a “Bordered” Caption Using Tables

In a blank document, create a table with two columns and only one row.

Fix the bottom left border as described in step 2 in the “Make a “Scalloped” Caption Using Tables” example that preceded this exercise. While you’re in the Borders and Shading dialog, turn on the printing border for the right side of the leftmost cell as well.

In this type of caption, the border automatically extends as you add cross-complainants or type a long pleading title.

How can I get the first row to repeat at the top of each page throughout the table?

In lengthy tables such as file or pleading indices, holdings lists, and other legal documents, if a table spills onto subsequent pages you can make headings repeat at the top of each new page that contains a part of the table.

Practice: Create Table Headings

In a blank document, from the Table menu, choose Insert Table (Insert, then Table in Word 2000).

Create a table with two columns and 250 rows.

In the first cell of the first column, type Attorney.

In the second cell of the first column, type Extension.

Select the first row of your table, and then from the Table menu, choose Headings (it’s called Heading Rows Repeat in Word 2000).

Go to Print Preview and view your handiwork.

Word also allows you to have more than one row repeat at the top of the page. Just select the rows that you want to repeat and perform step 5 above.

How to have the word “Continued” in the header row of multipage tables on continuation pages but not on the first page. (CK Note)

Put the word “continued” in the heading line on the first page. Then create a textbox or autoshape anchored outside the heading row and use it to cover the word. The shape or text box should have no border and white fill. This way, the word continued will not appear on the first page but will appear when the row (without the textbox or shape) is repeated on subsquent pages.

An alternative strategy would be to put the word continued in the original row anchor an occluding shape in a non-header row to block the word on the continuation pages.

Both methods are less than ideal, both work. Here is an example of using a textbox anchored in the table but outside the header row.

The Text Box is shown as semi-transparent for this demonstration it would be opaque in use. It can be anchored anywhere outside the header row, including outside the table itself.

Note that any manipulation of the textbox is likely to move the anchor into the first row. You need to have the anchors displayed and correct for this by moving the anchor.

Here is what the continuation page looks like:

A variation of putting an occluding shape (or frame) in the page Header is used when a page number is needed in the table itself. This takes more fiddling than having the occluding box on the first page because alignment is tricky.

A page number in a Header Row will repeat the number from the first page. A page number field in a shape or TextBox in a Header/Footer will reflect the pagination used by Word in headers and footers.

Here is what the continuation header (Section set to have a different-first-page header) looks like from the edit Header screen.

The screenshot below is from the Print Preview screen. (In print view, the Page 2 would appear faded because it is part of the page header; in draft or normal view, it would not appear at all.

It’s possible to have it either way in Word-you can have your cells break over a page or not, depending on your preferences for the job at hand. By default, the text in a table breaks across a soft page break in both Word 97 and Word 2000. Let’s explore the options in the following exercise.

Practice: Prevent Cells from Breaking Over a Soft Page Break

In a blank document, from the Table menu, choose Insert Table (Insert, then Table in Word 2000).

Create a table with 2 columns and 250 rows.

Make sure you’re in Page Layout view (Print Layout view in Word 2000).

Go to the bottom of the first page and type in one of the cells until you see text both above and below the Soft Page Break.

Make sure your cursor is anywhere in the table, and then from the Table menu, choose Cell Height and Width (Table Properties in Word 2000).

In the Cell Height and Width dialog box, find the check box Allow row to break across pages.

If the option is checked, the text can break over a page. If not, the row that contains the cell that broke over a page is moved to the next page in its entirety.

This does not prevent cells from breaking over hard page breaks. Also, if you have more than a page of text in a cell, a soft page break must exist somewhere in that text, and the text breaks over a page even though you’ve cleared the checkbox in step 6.

Is there an easy way to make a file index in Word? I had a macro in WordPerfect and now I’ve got to make them from scratch.

The bad news is that you do have to make it all over again; the good news is that you’ll only have to create it once. Using the power of tables together with AutoText, you’ll be able to make a killer file index that you can use repeatedly.

Practice: Create a File Index Using Tables

Open a blank document, and from the Table menu, choose Insert Table (Insert, then Table in Word 2000).

Create a table with as many columns as you need (we’ll use 4 in this example) and 2 rows.

In the first cell of the first column, type “Number”.

In the first cell of the second column, type “Document Name”.

In the first cell of the third column, type “Date Filed”.

In the first cell of the fourth column type “Description”.

This will give you a numbered column down the left side.

My table column resizes as I type…

I am doing very simple math in my Word table. Is it possible to create subtotals?

Practice: Work with Subtotals in a Word Document

In a blank document, create three separate tables with values in the first two cells of the first two tables.

Select the first sum field (it should say “1500” if you’ve used the example above), making sure not to select the end-of-cell marker after it (it kind of looks like a spider).

After selecting the first sum field in step 3, go to the Insert menu and choose Bookmark. For keyboard users, CTRL+SHIFT+F5 gets you to the Bookmark dialog box.

Repeat steps 3-5 for the second total (“450” if you’re following the example above), calling it “Table2Total”.

Creating a Table of Tables (or Figures or Equations)

Often a table of the tables in a document is desired (similar to a Table of Contents). This can be done relatively easily in Word. Insertion of such tables in covered in the chapter on Complex Documents.

It is possible to have a table act like a graphic and have text wrap around it. This is done through the Table Properties and the Positioning Button. Here are two screenshots showing the controls in Word 2003 and Word 2010. (Controls are identical.) The Word 2010 screen shot shows positioning relative to the bottom page margin.

The default settings are for no text wrapping and the Table is simply inserted at the insertion point in the document. The Word 2003 screen shot has the default settings for the Table Positioning dialog. The table positioning button is not active on the Table Properties unless the text wrapping is set for “Around.”

I am unsure when this floating table ability was added to Word but suspect it came with Word 2002. It is not available in Word 97.

Note that repeating headers in tables do not work if the table is floating rather than in the document layer.

Here are some screenshots of floating tables set for text wrapping. They essentially act much like graphics in this mode.

One table set for wrapping with the tool to move it displayed (red circle)

Two tables, both set to wrap.

The same two tables with wrapping set, one nested inside the other.

Converting Tables to Text and Text to Tables

It is relatively easy to convert a table to a similar formal structure without a table.

In Word 2007 and later, the command for this is found on the right side of the Table Tools Layout tab.

In earlier (menu versions) of Word the commands are found under the Tables menu.

To convert a table to text, there must be a table and the insertion point must be inside the table. Using the choice will give a dialog box

The default choice is tabs which gives a traditional tabbed table rather than an Word table. It is certainly appropriate for many tables. If a table cell has text that would extend beyond the tab area, you can have something unworkable, or at least requiring more work.

Here is a brief table:

Converted to text using the Tabs setting it does not line up. Tabs settings for those paragraphs would need to be adjusted.

That was done in the following screenshot. However, in many tables this would not be practical and one of the other dividers would be needed.

Conversely, it is possible to convert text to a table. To do this, you need to select the text you want to convert.

This dialog lets you adjust the number of columns, but not rows. It lets you modify column width and pick the text separators. Note that you do not have to have everything precisely laid out for this to work.

In the following screenshot, a single word in a sentence is selected.

So long as you are not changing the number of columns, you get the same result as you would if you, instead, just inserted a table. The selected word(s) are inserted into a single column table and preceding and following words become their own paragraphs.

So long as the marker to separate text is not found in the selected text, it does not matter which marker is chosen.

Examples of Use of Tables

These are ad-hoc examples.

Fax Transmittal Coversheet Word 97 – still available as Fax (elegant)

(There is more about how the prompts and checkboxes in this work under MacroButton Fields.)

Pleading Caption Using Tables

These tables were set up originally using Word 97 with splitting and merging cells. Gridlines are shown but do not print. The formatting of individual cells is done using styles. (The names, addresses, and other case-specific details are inserted using Mail Merge.)

Using Tab Settings and Tabs Inside Tables

Word allows you to set your own tab stops and use different kinds of tabs. However, you have to use Ctrl+Tab to generate a tab inside a table; the Tab key, by itself, will simply move you to the next cell.

decimal tabs behave a bit differently inside tables than they do outside a table. If you have a decimal tab set and no other tab settings, your text will immediately align to that tab, without an actual tab character being inserted using Ctrl+Tab.

Use of a decimal tab is illustrated below. Note the Ruler at the top of each screenshot.

Table cell with no tabs set

Table cell with left tab set looks the same

Table cell with decimal tab set uses tab to align number to decimal

Add a “dot leader” using the tab setting dialog

And finally, what would happen without the left tab having been set first!

Reminders:

Select the row(s) at the top of the table that you want to repeat.

Pick Table Properties from the context menu

Check the box to “Repeat as header row at the top of each page”

Note this may work in earlier versions than 2003 but does not work in Word 97. I believe this feature was introduced with Word 2000 but do not know for sure.

Word 2007-2019 (Ribbon versions) can also use the ribbons

Select the Row(s) you want to repeat across page breaks.

On the right end of the Table Tools Layout Tab check the option to “Repeat Header Rows.”

Two variations on the Ribbon command to Repeat Header Rows

Note, that there is on the Design Tab also a checkbox for header row. This is a design choice for picking a table style and has nothing to do with repeating on the next page.

Final note, header rows do not work if you have a table set to have text wrap around it.

Using Cell Properties to Change the Appearance of Text in a Cell (Wrapping and Fit Text Options)

It is easy to miss these Options which have been available at least since Word 2003.

Wrap Text is checked by default and Fit text is unchecked by default.

The table shown below has the top two cells set to fit text. The font typeface and size is the same in all three cells.

The text in the top cell appears compressed. It is the same text as the first three sentences in the bottom cell.

Use Word’s Quick Tables and Add Your Own (Ribbon Versions of Word – CK Section)

Word 2013-2019/365 lets you insert rows and columns using your mouse

Word 2013 added another on-screen control to allow insertion of rows or columns. It is a plus sign in a circle at the beginning of a row or top of a column.

The Tools for Working with Tables – Toolbars and Ribbon Tabs

You can manipulate tables using tools on the Tables and Borders Toolbar (Word 97-2003) or on the Table Tools Tab Ribbons (Word 2007-2019)

Tables and Borders Toolbar (long form above, compacted below)

Table Tools Design Ribbon (above) and Table Tools Layout Ribbon (below) – Word 2007 and later

These Table ribbons are context ribbons. They become visible and active when you are in a table and are hidden when you are not.

You can use any of the tools you normally would use to format text in tables. See Basic Formatting. Probably the best method, though, is to use Styles.

Text in selected cells can be aligned in any of nine directions using the alignment buttons on the Tables and Borders Toolbar or the Alignment group of the Table Layout Ribbon. This is a form of direct formatting.

Your author does not know much about Table Styles and they were introduced after the original chapter on Tables was written. You can see them in the Design Ribbon above; here is a screenshot from the Word 2010 Table Style Gallery.

You can get many of these same built-in styles using the Table AutoFormat command in Word 97-2003 (on the Tables menu).

Using either of these can allow you to make dramatic changes for better or worse to your table’s appearance. Remember, UnDo is your friend!

See Why I Don’t Use Custom Table Styles by Shauna Kelly

There are a number of operations you can do to selected parts of a table but first you have to select those parts!

In Word 2007 and later, on the far left side of the Table Layout Tab there is a Select button you can use to select the Table, a Cell, a Row, or a Column.

In Word 97-2003 there are Select commands under the Table Menu that allow this.

Once you have portions of a Table selected, you can apply formatting, copy, paste, and perform other operations on that portion. One of the key things you can do is to mark one or more rows as a “Header Row” for the table. This is something completely different from Headers and Footers for pages.

Keyboard Shortcuts – with selection point (cursor) in table

Alt+5 (on the numeric keypad) Selects the entire table.

Move the selection to the top or bottom of a row and use the following to select the column:

Shift+Alt+PgDn to select entire column from the top cell.

Shift+Alt+PgUp to select entire column from the bottom cell.

Using the Backspace and Delete Keys to Modify Tables

The Backspace and Delete keys act on selected text to delete the preceding character (Backspace) or delete the following character (Delete). When text is selected, both will delete the selected text.

However, in a Table when the table or cells are selected (rather than just text), they act differently.

When you have a table, rows, columns, or cells selected, the Delete key will empty whatever you have selected, leaving the table structure intact.

The backspace key will delete the structure as well.

Method 4: Import Data from Another Application

If you have already created data in a tabular format in another application, there is a good chance that all you need to do to create a table with that data in Word is copy and paste.

Practice: Create a Table from Another Application

Make sure Word is open. Open the file in the other application that contains your tabular data.

Select (if necessary) and copy the data from the source file.

Switch to Word.

Choose Paste from the Edit menu.

While these three methods are the most common for creating a table in Word, other methods are also available. They include:

Method 3: Draw a Table

Practice: Insert a Table with the Draw Table tool

The Insert Table button is limited in how many cells it can display initially. When building a large or more complex table, you may find using the Table menu more useful. In Word 97, from the Table menu, choose Insert Table; in Word 2000-2003, from the Table menu, choose Insert, and then select Table. The Word 2000-2003 Insert Table dialog box is shown in the next figure.

The Insert Table dialog box in both Word 97 and Word 2000 allows up to 63 columns and 32,767 rows in a table, but Word 2000 lets you exercise more formatting choices and allows you to set defaults for subsequent visits to the dialog box.

Practice: Insert a Table with the Insert Table dialog

Make sure you’re on a blank line in your document.

In Word 97, from the Table menu choose Insert Table. In Word 2000, from the Table menu choose Insert, then select Table.

In the Number of columns box, type 100.

In the Number of columns box, type 4.

In the Number of rows box, type 100.

If you need more than 63 columns or 32767 rows, consider using Microsoft Excel or Access, depending on the task.

Tables Overview

Everything from pleading captions to file indices to stock certificate listings can be managed in tables. In this chapter, we cover the basics first-how to create, modify, and prepare your tables for the legal environment. Next we’ll look at some of the ways to make tables useful in your firm. You will also see a greater number of references to Word 2000 than in other chapters. This is because the Table feature in Word 2000 has been greatly enhanced to offer more functionality. The enhancements continued through Word 2019. You may prefer Table Basics (Ribbon) by Suzanne S. Barhill, MVP.

You can use tables to align numbers in columns, and then sort and perform calculations on them. You can also use tables to create interesting page layouts and arrange text and graphics.

“Like a hammer, the time-proven spacebar has been used countless times to perform chores for which it was never intended. Yes, a hammer can compel a screw to join two pieces of wood together, and a spacebar can be used to move text around so it looks like a table. However, just as a hammered screw makes for a shaky wooden table, a word processing table fashioned together with spaces is equally fragile. Add something to the table and it doesn’t hold together. Which table? Take your pick.” Microsoft Word 2010 Bible by Herb Tyson

There are many ways to create tables in Word. Some of the more commonly used methods include:

Word for Law Firms and Lawyers CK Note)

After completing this lesson, you will be able to:

CK Note: WARNING:

Using nested tables will make your document incompatible with Word 97. A nested table is a table within a table. You can follow the directions given above pretty much in Word 97 and create a good result. That is, you can use the pencil to draw new cells within an existing cell. What you can’t do in Word 97 is create that second table outside of the first one and then copy or move it into the first table.

You can download samples of a nested table and a pseudo-nested table if you want to look at this more closely. One document is compatible with Word 97, the nested table sample can’t be properly opened in Word 97. (It will open, it is just that the table will be scrambled.)

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Note

In Word 97, rows are inserted above the selected row(s), and columns to the left of a selected column(s). In Word 2000, you can define whether rows are inserted above or below the current row, and whether columns are inserted to the left or right of the current column.

The ribbon versions of Word added a gallery of sample tables called Quick Tables. These are Building Blocks.

Word 2007 and later come with nine built-in sample “quick” tables. Again, these are building blocks and come in the file Built-In Building chúng tôi in Word 2010 and later (Building chúng tôi in Word 2007).

Unlike table styles, these are actual tables. The user can add their own table to the Table or Custom Table Quick Parts Gallery and have them show up in this menu.

At the bottom of the Quick Tables dropdown you can see the command ” Save Selection to Quick Tables Gallery. That command is active only if a table is currently selected when this drop-down is used.

You can reach the same Create New Building Block dialog by using the keyboard shortcut of Alt+F3. *

The Create New Building Block dialog gives you the opportunity to choose:

The name for your Quick Table. The tables will be listed in alphabetical order, within the category.

The Gallery to store it in. If you want it to show up under Quick Tables, you must save it in the Tables Gallery.

The Category. The tables appear in alphabetical order in their categories which also appear in alphabetical order. The default category is “General,” which will appear after “Built-In” in the list. The category shown above is “_My Quick Tables” which would appear before either.

The “Save in” Template to store the Quick Table. The dialog above shows Building Blocks,dotx which is the default. I recommend saving it in a different template if you want to share your quick table. See Where can Building Blocks be stored?

* If you use the keyboard shortcut of Alt+F3 to reach the “Create New Building Block” dialog, the default gallery will be AutoText and the default save-in location will be the normal template.

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(Archives) Microsoft Word 2007: Using Multilevel List Numbering / 2023

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Word’s multilevel list feature takes bullets and numbering to the next step. It makes creating sublists or subpoints in a list easy. An example of a multilevel list is an outline where the first level uses a Roman numeral and the next level uses a capital letter. Another use for multilevel lists is quiz or test questions where the question uses a number and the possible answers use lower case letters.

Applying Multilevel List Numbering to Existing Text

Multilevel bulleted or numbered lists can be applied to selected text at any time. The following steps will use the example of creating a test question. In such a case, you could type the questions and answers for the test without numbering or indenting them. Then, apply the multilevel list numbering.

Select the text you want to apply outline numbering to EXAMPLE: Select the text of the test questions and answers.

Select the desired outline option EXAMPLE: Select the option that starts with numbers and uses lower case letters for the next level.

NOTES: The bullets or numbers are applied to your selected text. At this point all text is assigned the first level character. In the case of our example, all text is numbered.

Continue with Demoting Text

Promoting and Demoting Text

You can promote and demote lines of text to adjust your list. Promoting a line of text moves it to the left (up a level); demoting text moves it to the right (down a level). These steps continue with the example of a test question.

Select the text to be promoted or demoted EXAMPLE: Select the answers beneath a question.

Applying Outline Numbering as You Type

You can select the type of multilevel list you want to use prior to typing any list items. The following steps will use the example of creating an outline.

Place the insertion point where list is to begin

Select the desired list option EXAMPLE: Select the option that starts with Roman numerals and uses capital letters for the next level.

Type the text for the first list item EXAMPLE: Type Biology Studies

NOTES: Word will automatically number or bullet your headings accordingly. In this example, the first item will be numbered I.

To add a subpoint under this first item, continue with Demoting Text

Promoting and Demoting Text

You can promote and demote lines of text to adjust your list. Promoting a line of text moves it to the left (up a level); demoting text moves it to the right (down a level). These steps continue with the example of an outline.

Type the text for this subpoint/level EXAMPLE: Type Animal

NOTES: Text is positioned in the next level of the outline. In this example, this item is lettered A

To end the outline, press [Enter]

Keyboard Shortcuts

Here are some helpful keyboard shortcuts to use when promoting/demoting the different levels and paragraphs of your outline.

Action Key Combination

Advance to next list item

[ Enter]

Promote a list item

[ Shift] + [ Tab]OR [ Alt] + [ Shift] + [ Left Arrow]

Demote a list item

[ Tab]OR [ Alt] + [ Shift] + [ Right Arrow]

Demote to body text

[ Ctrl] + [ Shift] + [ N]

Select list item above

[ Alt] + [ Shift] + [ Up Arrow]

Select list item below

[ Alt] + [ Shift] + [ Down Arrow]

While forming your outline, special needs may arise. For example, you may want to renumber a list so it restarts at the number one at a given point. You may also want to include a non-numbered/lettered line, called a soft return, beneath a numbered/lettered item.

Restarting Numbering with the Number One

Adding a Line without a Number/Letter

Place your insertion point at the end of the line before your desired non-numbered line

Press [ Shift] + [ Enter]

Type the desired information

When finished, press [ Enter] The next numbered/lettered line appears.

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