How to Select a Table, Row, Column, or Cell in MS-Word

In word processing, there are 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. Follow the steps below.

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

  1. After inserting the table, A table tools “Layout” tab opens
  2. To select any Cell, position the cursor at one of the cells you want, then click on the “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Cell” from it
  3. To select any Column, position the cursor at one of the cells of a column you want, then click on the “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Column” from it
  4. To select any Row, position the cursor at one of the Cells of a row you want, then click on the “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Row” from it
  5. To select the entire table, position the cursor at one of the cells you want, then click on the “Select” to get the drop-down list of selection commands, and then choose “Select Table” from it.
Ways to select a Table, Row, Column, or Cell |MS-Word|
Table selection in MS Word

How to select table with Mouse?

After inserting the table, do the following:

  1. Move the mouse pointer above the top of the border of the table, to turn it as a down-arrow
  2. Then click and keep hold down the left mouse button, and then move the mouse left or right to select the column or an entire row.
Ways to select a Table, Row, Column, or Cell |MS-Word|
Table selection with the mouse

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

After inserting the table, Do the following.

  1. 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) up right arrow, and then click it.
  2. 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.
  3. To select more rows/columns, move the mouse pointer at 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.
selecting table when mouse turns as diagonal up right arrow
Selecting table with mouse

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.
Table selection in MS-Word
Table selection in MS-Word

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 at the left margin of the page which is exactly at the top left of a table
  2. Then drag-down by keep holding down the left mouse button to select the rows as much as you want.
Selecting table with mouse from the left margin
Selecting table with the mouse from the left margin

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.

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FAQ:

What are the table selection techniques in Word?

There are different 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.