How to Insert or Draw a Table in Word 2013

By Lois Lowe

To create a table in Word 2013, you can either insert one as a whole or draw one line by line. In most cases, if you want a standard-looking table (that is, one with equally sized rows and columns), your best bet is to insert it. If you want an unusual-looking table, such as with different numbers of columns in some rows, you may be better off drawing the table.

When inserting a new table, you can specify a number of rows and columns to create a blank grid, and then fill in the grid by typing. Press the Tab key to move to the next cell. When you reach the end of the last row, you can press Tab to add a row to the table.

  1. Start a new blank document in Word.

  2. Choose Insert→Table, and in the menu that appears with a grid, drag across the grid to select three rows and three columns, and then release the mouse button to create the table.


    For extra practice, delete the table you just inserted (press Ctrl+Z to undo the last action) and then insert the table by choosing Insert→Table→Insert Table. A dialog box where you can enter the number of rows and columns as digits opens.

  3. In the first cell of the first row, type Name and then press the Tab key to move to the next column.

  4. Type Position, press Tab, type Active?, and press Tab.

    The insertion point moves to the first cell in the next row.

  5. Type the rest of the entries shown below into the table. When you reach the bottom-right cell, press Tab again to create the extra row needed.

    A new row appears at the bottom of the table.


  6. Click below the table to move the insertion point and then choose Insert→Table→Draw Table.

    The mouse pointer turns into a pencil symbol.

  7. Drag to draw a box that’s approximately the same height and width as the table you created earlier.

    A box appears, and the mouse pointer remains a pencil.

  8. Drag within the box to draw three vertical lines and two horizontal lines.

    Notice that the rightmost vertical line spans only the bottom two rows.


  9. Press Esc to turn off the drawing mode, and then type the text shown below into the new table.


  10. Save the changes to the document and close it.