We all know that it is very easy to add a table to our Word documents. However, once you have your table situated in your document, you might want to adjust the width of your columns to suit your needs. There are many methods to do this, but one of the most expedient ways you can adjust the width of your columns is to use the AutoFit feature of Word. If you have a small amount of data in each cell, this feature will be particularly useful to you.
Follow the steps below to learn how:
- Select your entire table.
- Be certain the Layout tab of your Ribbon is displayed.
- In the Cell Size group select AutoFit to display a drop-down list.
- Select AutoFit Contents from the list.
The effect on your table will depend on whether or not it contains data. If your table is empty, the columns are evenly resized so they fit within the page margins. If you do indeed have data in your columns, the column width is set so that data fits on a line if possible.
If your table contains data, you can also use your mouse to quickly avail yourself of AutoFit, by simply double-clicking your mouse on the left border of your table. The column widths will adjust automatically, just as if you had followed the steps detailed above.