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Splitting a Table

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Splitting a Table.

Word provides a powerful table editor that allows you to create and modify data in tabular format. If you are working with large tables, there may be times when you need to split a table in half. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point anywhere in the row you want as the first row in the table that is split-off the larger table.
  2. Choose Split Table from the Table menu.

The result is that Word inserts a Normal-formatted paragraph prior to the table row in which your insertion point was placed. The two resulting tables can now be treated independently.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1171) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Splitting a Table.

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awyatt    16 Nov 2015, 18:16

I suspect you are using a newer version of Word than what is described in this tip. Click the link near the beginning of the tip to get to a version that you need.

debbie dunne    16 Nov 2015, 17:05
2.Choose Split Table from the Table menu

Hi, im finding the instructions above hard to follow, I cant find any where the words split table in word and i cant see any table menu.
Can you help please

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