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Deleting Rows and Columns

You can delete rows and columns you no longer need. When you delete columns and rows, the rest of the table structure shifts to fill in the space. Any data within the rows or columns is also deleted.

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Image Select the column or row you want to delete, or click in a corresponding cell.

Image Click the Ribbon’s Layout tab.

Image Click Delete.

Image Click Delete Columns or Delete Rows.

Image Word removes the column or row; in this example a row is deleted.

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Oops! If you accidentally delete the wrong row or column, click the Undo button on the Quick Access toolbar to quickly fix the mistake, or press Ctrl+Z on your keyboard.



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Removing Cells You can also choose to delete cells in a table rather than entire rows or columns; click the Delete button on the Ribbon’s Layout tab and then click Delete Cells. Deleting cells removes the cell and its content, and Word prompts you to choose how you want to fill in the gap, either by moving surrounding cells up or left.


  

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