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: Indenting a Table.

Indenting a Table

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 22, 2015)

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After you have inserted a table in your document, you cannot use the regular formatting tools to indent the table. This is because in most instances, tables do not behave the same way as paragraphs.

Exactly how you indent tables depends on the version of Word you are using. If you are using Word 2000 or a later version, you can drag a table to an indented position in your document. All you need to do is move the indent marker for the table. This is the marker right above the leftmost edge of your table. When you move this marker, Word moves the entire table in the direction you move the marker.

Another, more precise method of indenting your table in Word 2000, Word 2002, and Word 2003 is accomplished by following these steps:

  1. Position the insertion pointer somewhere within the table you want to indent.
  2. Choose Table Properties from the Table menu. Word displays the Table Properties dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Table tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Table tab of the Table Properties dialog box.

  5. Using the Indent From Left control, specify how much of an indent to use for the table.
  6. Click on OK.

If you are using Word 97, you should use these steps:

  1. Position the insertion pointer somewhere within the table you want to indent.
  2. Choose Select Table from the Table menu. Word dutifully selects the table.
  3. Choose Cell Height and Width from the Table menu. Word displays the Cell Height and Width dialog box, with the Row tab selected.
  4. Using the Indent From Left control, specify how much of an indent to use for the table.
  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 (1845) 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: Indenting a Table.

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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2016-10-18 10:32:13

Dave P

Many thanks, just what I needed. I vaguely recall just dragging the whole table in earlier versions. I'd assumed the "indent" option in Table Properties meant just the cell contents (0.16cm, indeed!), which I'm accustomed to formatting manually. Thanks for clearing that up. It would have been more sensible if they'd centered tables by default, which is how they tend to appear in print, but that would of course mean extra work.


2015-12-22 13:11:55

George

Doesn't work.
The change to the indent simply get ignored by the Word.


2015-01-13 13:47:11

Ali

Hi, not sure what i am doing wrong but in following all steps as above, I am not able to change the 'indent from left' option. I am trying to make sure all tables across 24 pages are situated equally on respective pages but i cannot click on the 'indent from left ' option.


2014-04-02 19:37:27

Soozy

Thanks, this was really helpful.


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