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: Quickly Inserting Table Rows.

Quickly Inserting Table Rows

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 30, 2017)

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You already know that you can use the Insert Rows option from the Table menu to insert rows in an existing table, and you can press Enter at the end of a row to insert another row. There is an even faster way to insert rows—especially if you need to insert more than one row. To quickly insert rows in your table, follow these steps:

  1. In the existing table, select a number of rows equal to the number you want to insert.
  2. Click on the Insert Table button (Word 97) or the Insert Rows button (Word 2000, Word 2002, and Word 2003). The rows are inserted just before the selected rows.

It is interesting to note that if you are using Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003, once you select at least one row, the Insert Table button changes to the Insert Rows button.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1772) 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: Quickly Inserting Table Rows.

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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What is 2 + 7?

2017-12-30 13:53:59

Fred

Hi Allen,

Happy New Year to you and your family.

I have found that a quick way to insert just 1 row is to position your mouse just outside the row (so it looks like it's not in the table) below which you want the row inserted. Then hit enter and you have a new row formatted just like the one above it (ie, the row you were at the end of).

Fred


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