Microsoft KB Archive/47859

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Adding New Column to Right Side of Table PSS ID Number: Q47859 Article last modified on 07-14-1994

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The information in this article applies to:
- Microsoft Word for Windows versions 1.0, 1.1, 1.1a, 2.0, 2.0a, 2.0a-CD, 2.0b, 2.0c


Word allows you to position the insertion point to the far right of a table so that you can insert a new column. Because a newly inserted column is always placed at the position of the insertion point, there would be no way to add columns at the very right of the table if this capability did not exist.

Using the TAB key instead of the RIGHT ARROW key will move the insertion point to the next cell of the table without moving outside of the table.

To insert a column to the right of an existing table, do the following:

  1. Place the insertion point within the table.
  2. Press the RIGHT ARROW key several times until the insertion point is positioned to the right of the right-most column in the table.
  3. Choose Table from the Edit menu.
  4. Click the Column option.
  5. Click Insert.

The new column will be appended to the table. The column will be the same width as the previous columns in the table; therefore, the table may exceed the right margin setting. To fit the table within the margins, the column widths for the table must be adjusted using Format Table.

To format the table, it must first be selected. If all the columns are the same width, you can change the width of all columns at the same time. If the columns are different widths, you can set each column width set separately.

More Information:

Table Selection Using the Keyboard

To select all or part of a table with the keyboard, position the insertion point in the top-left cell of the table. Press the EXTEND SELECTION key (F8) to toggle on extend mode. Then, use the arrow keys to select the cells that will be formatted.

Table Selection Using the Mouse

Use the mouse to position the insertion point over the top-left cell of the table. Hold the left mouse button down and drag down and/or to the left to select the section(s) of the table that you will format.

Formatting Column Widths in a Table

To format column widths in a table, do the following:

  1. Select all or part of the table.
  2. Choose Table from the Format menu.
  3. Enter the new column width in the Width Of box and press ENTER.

Additional reference words: w4wtable 1.00 1.10 1.10a 2.00 2.00a winword 2.00a-CD 2.00b 2.00c


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