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: Inserting Cells in a Table.

Inserting Cells in a Table

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated October 9, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Sometimes you need to increase the size of your table. Word allows you to insert cells in your table, but how you do it depends on the version of Word you are using. If you are using Word 97, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell before which you want a cell inserted.
  2. Choose Insert Cells from the Table menu. You will see the Insert Cells dialog box.
  3. Select which way you want the cells to be adjusted.
  4. Click on OK.

If you are using Word 2000, Word 2002, or Word 2003, follow these steps:

  1. Select the cell before which you want a cell inserted.
  2. Choose Insert from the Table menu, then choose Cells. Word displays the Insert Cells dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Insert Cells dialog box.

  4. Select which way you want the cells to be adjusted.
  5. Click on OK.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1791) 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: Inserting Cells in a Table.

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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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