Adjusting Column Width Using Menus

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 20, 2018)

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In other issues of WordTips you learn how to adjust the width of table columns by using the mouse. If you want to adjust the size of table columns so they are precise, there is no way to beat the menus. You can adjust column width by following these steps if you are using Word 97:

  1. Select the column whose width you want to change.
  2. Choose Cell Height and Width from the Table menu. The Cell Height and Width dialog box is displayed, with the Column tab selected.
  3. Using the Width of Column control, set the column width as desired.
  4. Use the Previous Column or Next Column buttons, as desired, to select other columns.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have set all the column widths desired.
  6. Click on OK to close the Table Properties dialog box.

If you are using Word 2000 through Word 2003, follow these steps:

  1. Select the column whose width you want to change.
  2. Choose Table Properties from the Table menu. The Table Properties dialog box is displayed, with the Column tab selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Column tab of the Table Properties dialog box.

  4. Using the Preferred Width control, set the column width as desired.
  5. Use the Previous Column or Next Column buttons, as desired, to select other columns.
  6. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have set all the column widths desired.
  7. Click on OK to close the Table Properties dialog box.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2018-08-03 07:42:47

Eileen

I typeset for a local newspaper. I have been searching your tips for several weeks trying to figure out how to make the cursor stop showing the column resize icon when I hover to click at beginning of a line. It gets in the way of backing the text up into column to make it pretty for the newspaper. Please help. You seem to be the only one on line that knows about Word (for Mac). I am using three column templates made for me by someone else.


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