There are a lot of ways you can use tables that will help you create better documents in Word. Tables are great for getting Word to put your content exactly where you want it.
To get an idea of what that looks like, check out this article: “Using Tables for Better Document Layout”
Here are three different ways to create the right kind of table for what you need it to do.
Quick & Dirty Keyboard Shortcut
If just need a basic table and don’t want to spend a lot of time fumbling through menus to find the right commands I just use this handy auto-replace trick. Just start by typing a + followed by a series of – characters. Add another + for each of the columns you want and press enter after the last one to create your table without having to reach for your mouse.
Drawing a Table
When you need to go beyond the basics, you can Make Easy Work of Complex Layouts by drawing your table exactly the way you want it.
Convert Existing Tabbed Data
Personally, I don’t like working with tabbed columns of data when I can simply Convert Them Into a Table, which is MUCH easier to work with.
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