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Moving a Table Row

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: Moving a Table Row.

Moving a row in a table is almost as easy as moving regular text. It is done by using the Clipboard. To move a row, follow these steps:

  1. Select the row you want to move.
  2. Press Ctrl+X, click on the cut tool on the toolbar, or choose Cut from the Edit menu. This removes the row from the table and copies it to the Clipboard.
  3. Move the insertion point to the beginning of the row before which you want to place the row you just cut.
  4. Press Ctrl+V, click on the paste tool on the toolbar, or choose Paste from the Edit menu.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1768) 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: Moving a Table Row.

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Dave Spencer    23 Jan 2012, 09:47
Another easy way to move a row is this...
Select the entire row
Hold Alt-Shift then use the up down arrows to move the entire row. Much easier than cut/paste techniques, at least for short moves.
Be warned that it does NOT work with embedded tables.
Sandie Scrivens    21 Jan 2012, 05:21
Easier still is to select the row and use Shift+Alt+arrow (up or down).

This also moves paragraphs.

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