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 Accessing the Column Tab.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 27, 2019)
There are many ways you can adjust column width and other table settings. For precise adjustment of column width, you might want to access the Table Properties dialog box (Word 2000, 2002, and 2003) or the Column tab of the Cell Height and Width dialog box (Word 97). You can do this quickly in the following manner:
Word 2000, 2002, and 2003 also provide an alternative way to access the same dialog box, and you may find it easier to use. You can follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Table Properties dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3858) 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 Accessing the Column Tab.
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