How to Select Rows and Columns in Word 2013 - dummies

How to Select Rows and Columns in Word 2013

By Lois Lowe

When you are working with a Word 2013 table it often involves selecting one or more cells, rows, or columns. Here are the many ways to do this:

  • Drag across the cells you want to select.

  • Click in the upper-left cell you want to select, press the Shift key, and then press arrow keys to extend the selection.

  • Click outside of the table on the left side to select an entire row.

  • Click outside of the table above the table to select an entire column.

  • Click the table selector (the four-headed arrow in a box) in the upper-left corner of the table to select the entire table.


  1. In a Word 2013 document with a table, click inside any cell of the table and then click the table selector icon.

    The entire table is selected.

  2. Click away from the table to deselect it.

  3. Position the mouse pointer to the left of the table, next to a row (Week 2 in this example), and click.

    That row becomes selected.


    New in Word 2013, when you select a row, an Add Row indicator appears (the plus sign inside a circle on the left edge of the table). You could click that symbol to insert a new row, although that’s not what you’re doing in this exercise.

  4. Drag the mouse downward to the next row (Week 4 for this example).

    Rows 4 and 5 also become selected.

  5. Position the mouse pointer above the first column so the pointer becomes a black down-pointing arrow, and click.

    The first column becomes selected.

  6. Click in the first cell and press the Shift key. Press the left-arrow key twice to extend the selection and then press the down-arrow key once to extend the selection.

  7. Click in the first cell again and drag down to the third cell in the third row to extend the selection.

  8. Click in any unselected cell to cancel the previous selections.