Make a Table with the Ribbon in Office 2011 for Mac

10 of 11 in Series: The Essentials of the Office 2011 for Mac Ribbon

You can make a new table from scratch in several different ways in Office 2011 for Mac. Even by using the Ribbon, making tables is a bit different depending upon the Office 2011 application you’re using.

Making a table using the Ribbon in Word and PowerPoint 2011

The steps to make a brand-new table in Word and PowerPoint are the same:

  1. Position your cursor in your Word document or PowerPoint slide at the position where you want the upper-left corner of the table to be.

    In Word, you can’t make tables in Notebook Layout view using the Ribbon. You can still use the Table menu, though.

  2. On the Ribbon, click the Tables tab. In the Table Options group, click the New button.

    When you click the New button, the pop-up menu appears.

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  3. Drag over the grid for the number of rows and columns to make.

    Don't worry about getting this just right. It's easy to add and remove rows and columns after you make your table.

  4. When you’re finished dragging, click over the grid to insert your table.

    The table appears in your document or presentation.

Making a table using the Ribbon in Excel 2011

Making a table in Excel is almost the same as in Word and PowerPoint, but not quite. Here's what to do:

  1. Select a range of cells to turn into a table.

    The cells can be empty or already filled in.

  2. On the Ribbon, click the Tables tab, find the Table Options group, and click the small triangle to the right of the New button.

    A pop-up menu appears. Choose from these two options:

    • Insert Table with Headers: Tells Excel to use the top row of the selected cell range as headers.

    • Insert Table without Headers: Tells Excel there is no header row.

    The cells become a table object within the worksheet. Notice that when making a table without headers, Excel puts a generic set of column headers above the table by default.

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