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 Table Rows Quickly.

Moving Table Rows Quickly

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 28, 2015)

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Word provides a handy shortcut that allows you to easily move rows around in a table. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Position the insertion point in the row you want to move, or select the rows you want to move.
  2. While holding down the Shift and Alt keys, press the Up Arrow or Down Arrow to move the row.

It is interesting to note that when you are using this method, you can even move a row (or rows, since you can select more than one row in step 1) right out of the table. In other words, the moving doesn't stop when you reach the top or bottom of the table. As you continue pressing the Up Arrow or Down Arrow keys, the rows continue to move away from the table in the direction you choose.

This technique will not work to move columns, however. You should note that when you hold down the Shift and Alt keys and press the Left Arrow or Right Arrow, the heading level of the entire row is changed.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1058) 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 Table Rows Quickly.

Author Bio

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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2017-01-09 01:58:05

ALI ABBAS KHAN

Its get very use ful to me


2016-04-06 09:33:58

Andy

This is grate manual. So right now, I've changed to MS Office 2016 for my Mac, and how can I move the table row in new version. Thank for your responds


2015-10-26 13:03:22

Joanne

This is awesome! I will use it quite a bit. Thank you!


2015-05-01 13:17:44

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Thanks a lot, thanks Microsoft for the great Microsoft OFFICE


2015-04-02 15:06:44

Matt Natale

Great Tip!

Thanks a bunch!


2015-03-28 08:49:20

Fred Burg

I use this tip quite often and find it very handy.

It also works to move paragraphs not within a table.


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