How to Draw a Table Line by Line in Word 2007

By Doug Lowe

The Draw Table command lets you draw complicated tables in your Word 2007 documents by using a simple set of drawing tools. This command is ideal for creating tables that aren’t a simple grid of rows and columns.

1Select the Insert tab, click the Insert Table button in the Tables group, and then choose the Draw Table command.

The cursor changes to a small pencil.

2Draw the overall shape of the table by dragging the pencil pointer to create a rectangular boundary.

When you release the mouse button, a table with a single cell is created. In addition, the Ribbon displays the Design tab under Table Tools.

3Carve the table into smaller cells.

For example, to split the table into two rows, point the cursor somewhere along the left edge of the table and then click and drag a line across the table to the right edge. When you release the mouse button, the table splits into two rows.

You can use this technique to continue carving up the table into smaller cells.

4Use the Line Style and Line Weight drop-down controls to change the style or size of lines in the table.

These controls are the top and middle buttons on the left side of the Draw Borders group, located on the Design tab under Table Tools. You can change the style of a line you’ve already drawn by tracing over the line with a new style.

5If you make a mistake, click the Eraser button and erase the mistaken line segment.

The Eraser button is in the Draw Borders group and looks like a table with an eraser in the corner. Click the Draw Table button if you want to draw additional segments after using the Eraser tool.

6When you’re done, click anywhere outside of the table.