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 Rows and Columns with the Mouse.

Moving Rows and Columns with the Mouse

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 12, 2015)

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As long as you have Drag-and-Drop Text Editing turned on (in the Edit tab of the Options dialog box), Word allows you to use the mouse for many routine editing tasks. One such task involves moving rows or columns within a table.

To move a row or column using the mouse, follow these steps:

  1. Select the entire row or column that you want to move.
  2. Click on the highlighted row or column, and hold down the mouse button. Shortly the pointer should change to a "ghost" insertion point with a small box next to the pointer arrow.
  3. Drag the row or column to the place where you want it to be. You should position the insertion point in the row or column before which your moved row or column will appear.
  4. Release the mouse button. The row or column is moved.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1199) 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 Rows and Columns with the Mouse.

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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2017-01-25 13:45:37

Sonia

im studying 2016 word


2016-06-27 06:33:26

GeordieLad

I have a problem with column movement - or rather the vertical lines between columns. When I hover, click and move the column lines with a mouse, the movement is much coarser than I'd like. What determines the amount by which the column line moves: is it a Word function or a mouse function? My mouse is a USB optical device with resolution 800dpi. Changing to a different mouse type does not show any difference.

Any views on the subject will be appreciated.


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