Ways to select a Table, Row, Column, or Cell in Word – 2022

In word processing, there are many different ways to select a table, row, column, and cell. The selection techniques include Mouse, Commands and Shortcut keys, Arrows, Selection from Page Margin, and General Selection. To do so, follow the steps below.

Steps: How to select a Table, Row, Column or Cell

After inserting the table, A table tools “Layout” tab opens

To select any cell, position the cursor at one of the cells you want, then click on “Select” to get the drop-down list of the selection commands, and then choose “Select Cell” from it

To select any Column, position the cursor at one of the cells of a column you want, then click on “Select” to get the drop-down list of the selection commands, and then choose “Select Column” from it

To select any Row, position the cursor at one of the Cells of a row you want, then click on “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Row” from it

To select the entire table, position the cursor at one of the cells you want, then click on “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Table” from it.

How to select a Table, Row, Column or Cell
How to select a Table, Row, Column or Cell

How to select a table with Mouse?

After inserting the table, do the following:

Move the mouse pointer above the top of the border of the table, to turn it into a down-arrow

Then click and keep holding down the left mouse button, and then move the mouse left or right to select the column or an entire row.

Select a table or part of table in Word
Select a table or part of the table in Word

Another way to select the entire Table or Cell, Row, or Column with Mouse:

After inserting the table, Do the following:

To select the current cell, move the mouse pointer from the top left to bottom left on any cell of a table till the arrow changes as a (diagonal) upright arrow, and then click it.

To select a row, move the mouse pointer at the left on one of the cells of a table till the arrow turns as a (diagonal) up-right arrow, and then double-click it.

To select more rows/columns, move the mouse pointer to the left on any cell of a table till the arrow turns as a (diagonal) up-right arrow, and then drag down, up, left or right.

Select table when mouse arrow turned as diagonal up right arrow within the table
Select the table when the mouse arrow turned as a diagonal up-right arrow within the table

Select the entire table by clicking on the 4 Headed Arrows of a Table:

  1. After inserting the table into the word document.
  2. Then move the mouse pointer over the table to get 4 headed arrows at the top left of the table
  3. Now click on the arrows to select the table.
Select by clicking the 4-headded arrow in the top left corner of the table
Select the table by clicking the 4-headed arrow in the top left corner of the table

Table selection from the left margin of the document:

After inserting the table into the Word document. Do the following:

  1. Move the mouse pointer to the left margin of the page which is precisely at the top left of a table
  2. Then drag down by keeping holding down the left mouse button to select the rows as much as you want.
Select table using left margin of the document
Select the table using a left margin of the document

Usual Table Selection:

Click one of the cells of a table from where you want to start the selection, then press and hold down the left mouse button and then move the mouse pointer up, down, left, or right to select the entire table, row, column, or cell.

What are the table selection techniques in Word?

There are several ways to select the table, row, column, and cell. The selection techniques include Mouse, Commands and Shortcut keys, Arrows, Selection from Page Margin, and General Selection.

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