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: Quick Recall of Table Formats.

Quick Recall of Table Formats

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 24, 2016)

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If you find yourself using a specific table over and over again, you can save yourself a lot of time by storing the table as an AutoText entry. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Select the entire table.
  2. Choose Insert | AutoText | New. Word displays the Create AutoText dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Create New AutoText dialog box.

  4. Enter a name for the table.
  5. Click on OK.

When you want to later use the table, simply type the name you specified in step 3 and press the F3 key. The table will be inserted in the place of the table name.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1798) 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: Quick Recall of Table Formats.

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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2012-08-29 14:05:07

GuyGoodwin

Thanx Allen! Sometimes the old ways are still the best!


2012-03-12 06:41:56

sushila

Quick Recall of Table Formats is very useful for me. Thanks a lot.


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