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How to Fit Your Text in a Table Cell in Word

There is an weird feature in Word that will allow you to force text to fit within a single line of a table’s cell. It does this by decreasing the apparent size of the text so that everything fits. Supposedly (according to some Microsoft sources) without changing the actual font size of your text. It really makes no matter though since the size of your text is changed both on your screen and in your printed document.

It may be a bit more truthful to state that while the height of the text used is not changed, the width is.

Follow the steps below to learn how to use this feature:

  1. Select the cell or cells that you would like to format. If you want to format only a single cell, just be certain your cursor is within that cell.
  2. Make certain the Layout tab of your Ribbon is displayed.
  3. Click the small icon at the bottom-right corner of the Cell Size group, to display the Table Properties dialog box, with the Cell tab selected.

  1. Click on Options , to display the Cell Options dialog box.

  1. Be certain the Fit Text check box is selected.
  2. Click OK to close the Cell Options dialog box.
  3. Click OK again to close the Table Properties dialog box.

If there is not enough text in a cell to fit all the way across the cell, Word will force the text to fit. This means it will increase the spaces between words and characters to fill the cell. It will not, however, widen the actual characters that make up the cell contents. Word apparently only makes characters narrower, not wider, or so I am told.