When you are creating tables in Word, there is a very handy tool that a lot of folks do not know about. That is the Eraser Tool.
The Eraser Tool is very helpful when drawing tables in MS Word. Once your table has been created, you can use the tool to erase any lines that make up your table. The result is a table that is custom made to suit your particular needs.
To learn how to erase lines in your table, follow the steps below:
- Create your table in the manner you typically would.
- Be certain that your cursor is someplace within your table to follow the next step.
- Click on the Design tab of the Ribbon. You cannot do this if your cursor is not in your table.
- In the Draw Borders group, click on the Eraser Tool.
- Click and drag to select the table lines you would like to erase.
- Click on the Eraser Tool again or the Esc key, which will turn off the Eraser Tool.
One thing you should know is that when you erase a line that is a common border between two cells in your table, the two cells will become merged. If you try to erase an exterior line from a cell (one that does not border another cell) then the visible table border is removed but your cell will remain.