How to Add and Delete Cells, Columns, and Rows in a Word 2007 Table

By Dan Gookin

You can add and delete cells, columns, and rows in your Word 2007 tables. Word makes this easy by offering various commands in the Rows & Columns group of the Table Tools Layout tab.


Deleting cells, columns, or rows in a Word 2007 table

The key to deleting part of a table is to first position the insertion pointer in the part of the table you want to remove. Then use the Delete button’s drop-down menu to choose the table element you want to remove (this button is located in the Rows & Columns group of the Layout tab).


  • The table’s contents are also deleted when you delete parts of a table.

  • The Delete Cells command displays a dialog box asking what to do with the other cells in the row or column: move them up or to the left. Keep in mind that deleting a cell may make your table asymmetrical.

Inserting rows or columns in a Word 2007 table

You can expand a table by adding rows or columns; the rows or columns can be added inside the table or appended to any of the table’s four sides.


Four commands in the Rows & Columns group make this possible: Insert Above, Insert Below, Insert Left, and Insert Right. The row or column that’s added is relative to where the insertion pointer is within the table.