In Microsoft Word 2010, commands are grouped together under Tabs. Each Tab opens a different Ribbon of commands. Ribbons contain groups of commands shown as icons. The Ribbon is a process bar that, when using it from left to right, steps you through the process of designing the look and feel, developing the content and mailing and reviewing your document. Command icons are grouped together logically by type within each Ribbon. Contextual Tabs that pop up as you use specific features.
Creating and editing tables in Word 2010 requires the use of the Insert Tab, the Home Tab and the Contextual Tab for Table Tools.
Word’s Table feature can be used to organize information into rows and columns without having to set tabs. Tables can also be used to create forms and side-by-side paragraphs. A table consists of vertical columns and horizontal rows. The intersections of those rows and columns create cells. A cell is each individual square that you can enter text into. You can create a table from the menu bar or the standard toolbar by inserting a predetermined number of rows and columns. The table border displays a ½ point line as the default.
The information you enter will be entered within a cell. As you enter information into a table, press the Tab key to advance the cursor to the next cell. To move backward within a table, hold down the Shift key and press the Tab key (Shift + Tab). When you reach the end of the last row, pressing Tab will add a new row to the table. Text will word-wrap within a cell, and the cell will grow "taller" to accommodate the text that you type.
Steps to Insert a Table
Tips: While working with tables it is a good idea to work with paragraph markers showing.
If you are creating a table at the very top of a document, it is a good idea to press Enter once before inserting the table to place a blank line above the table. That way there will be a place for you to later insert a title or some normal text above the table. If you don't place the blank line at the top, you can press return in the first cell on the top left hand side.
Exercise — Create a Table