How to insert and edit tables in Microsoft Word for Android

In this tutorial, learn how to insert and edit tables in Microsoft Word for Android.

Although many text documents require tables to adequately organize and show data, advanced calculation operations, chart creation, and financial analysis require a fully equipped spreadsheet application like Excel. Android users need not fear: Table support is available in Microsoft Word on your preferred platform! Let’s look at how you may insert and edit tables in your documents with this app:

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How to insert tables in Microsoft Word for Android

After you’ve opened your document, tap the A icon in the navigation bar.

To access the list of additional menus, tap the Home menu item.

To access the various layout options, tap Insert on this list.

To add a new table to the document, hit Table.

The Table menu has now been selected, and a 3×3 table has been added to the page.

How to insert rows and columns in tables in Microsoft Word for Android

Of course, you’ll have to make some adjustments to the table to make it more suitable for your requirements. Tap Insert in the Table menu to add new rows or columns to the table.

By tapping Insert Above or Insert Below to insert a new row above or below the presently active one, you can create new rows.

Tap Insert Left or Insert Right to add a new column to the left or right of the already active column.

Remember that if you pick a number of rows or columns, the insertion commands will fill the table with that number of rows or columns. You will get a single new row or column if none of them are selected. After adding two more rows and columns to our table, it looks like this.

It’s just as easy to delete rows and columns: To begin, go to the Table menu and select Delete.

Tap Delete Columns to delete the active column or the selected columns.

Tap Delete Rows to delete the active row or the selected rows.

Of course, tapping Delete Table will delete the entire table from the document.

How to set table styles in Microsoft Word for Android

Tables don’t have to be boring black-and-white cells; there are a variety of preset and customized styles to choose from! Tap Table Styles in the Table menu to apply a style.

There will be a big choice of the basic, grid, and list table styles to choose from; tap the one that best fits your table.

You can further tweak a style’s options after you’ve applied it. To do so, go to the Table menu and select Style Options.

You can activate or disable Header Row and Total Row to have a uniform color fill the first and/or last row, which is useful for generating table headers and totals.

When you enable Banded Rows, the rows will have alternate colors, and when you enable Banded Columns, the columns will have the same effect.

First Column and Last Column are similar to headers and totals in that they provide a solid, consistent fill in the first and/or last columns.

If the table covers multiple pages, the last stylistic option, Repeat Header Rows, makes the header row repeat on each page. To make this function, you must first enable the Header Row setting.

How to align text in tables in Microsoft Word for Android

You might need to modify the orientation of table content to get it to look the way you want it to.

To do so, go to the Table menu and select Alignment.



The first three icons govern horizontal alignment: tap them to align text to the left, center, or right.

Vertical alignment is controlled by the second row: use these to align text to the cell’s top, middle, or bottom.

Tap Text Rotation on the Table menu if you need to rotate text.

You have three options here: Horizontal is the default, but you may also rotate your text 90º or 270º by pressing Rotate all text 90º or 270º.

How to automatically size tables in Microsoft Word for Android

Because changing row and column sizes on a touchscreen would be difficult, Word provides a variety of tools to do it. To get to these options, go to the Table menu and select AutoFit.

The first option, AutoFit Contents, resizes the columns to be the same width as the text they contain.

When you tap AutoFit Window, the table expands to the width of the paper margins, taking up all of the available space.

You won’t notice any changes right away if you select Fixed Column Width: this option fixes the current column widths, so no matter how much text you input or delete, the columns will remain the same width.

The final option for adjusting rows and columns is to use distribution. To access these options, go to the Table menu and tap Distribute.

You can use the Distribute Rows and Distribute Columns buttons to make all rows and columns the same height and width, distributing tablespace evenly among them. An example with long text in a cell and equally spaced rows and columns may be seen here.

In this video, we are gonna show you how to insert and edit tables on your smartphone using Microsoft Word Android app:


The capabilities for modifying tables in Microsoft Word for Android are surprisingly extensive – practically every feature from the desktop edition has been ported to the mobile app, allowing you to do pretty much anything with your tables. Fortunately, these tools are also mobile-friendly, so you’ll have access to all of the capabilities you’ll need. On a mobile device, manipulating tables can be a pain, but Microsoft Word makes it a little easier with its one-tap tools and automatic functions. Keep asking questions in the comments section if you have any about Microsoft Word for Android, and stay tuned for even more in-depth training.

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