Quick Tips for Tables and Graphics in Word 2013

By Faithe Wempen

Word 2013 allows you to use tables to organize data. Here are some quick tips for doing almost anything you want to do with tables, pictures, and graphics in Word 2013:

  • You can create a new table from the Insert tab, either by specifying a number of rows and columns or by drawing the table.

  • You can convert existing delimited text into a table with the Convert Text to Table command.

  • Drag the borders of a table to resize rows and columns.

  • Tables have gridlines (nonprinting lines that show where the rows and columns are) and, optionally, borders (formatting applied to the gridlines).

  • You can format a table’s borders from the Table Tools Design tab.

  • To insert an online picture from Office.com or a Bing image search, click the Online Pictures button on the Insert tab.

  • To insert your own pictures, click the Pictures button on the Insert tab.

  • A picture’s text wrap setting determines whether it will be an inline image or will interact with surrounding text (and in what manner).

  • To move a picture, drag it with the mouse. You can also specify an exact position for it in the Layout dialog box.

  • To resize a picture, drag one of its selection handles. Drag a corner to resize it proportionally (that is, maintaining its aspect ratio).