How do I wrap text in a table in Word for Mac?

Account InformationTechRepublic close modalShare with Your FriendsTips for wrapping text around a Word table Your email has been sentby Susan Harkins in Software on November 1

How do I wrap text in a table in Word for Mac?

Account InformationTechRepublic close modal

Share with Your Friends

Tips for wrapping text around a Word table

Your email has been sent

Image of Susan Harkins

by Susan Harkins in Software on November 10, 2010, 4:32 AM PST

Tips for wrapping text around a Word table

Word lets you drag and drop a table into the middle of a paragraph and the result might be just what you want. If not, reset the table's position properties.

Most of us tend to layer a table between paragraphs of textI know I usually do. The figure below shows the typical placement of a simple table in a document. The table follows a paragraph of explanatory or introductory text.

You might not realize that you can position a table in a paragraph and wrap text around the table. This next figure shows the result of dragging the table into the paragraph.By default, the tables Text Wrapping property is None and the table aligns to the left margin of the page. When I dropped it into the paragraph, Word changed the property so Word could wrap the text around the table. Word does the best it can, but the results arent always a perfect fit.Fortunately, youre not stuck.

The first thing you can do is move the table around a bit moreespecially if the placement doesnt have to be exact. By moving the table around just a little, youll probably hit upon a better balance. (Most likely, I wouldnt break up the middle of a paragraph with a table, but for the sake of the example, please play along.)

Word does a good job of defining properties when you drag the table to position it. However, if a little drag action doesnt produce a mix you can live with, you can force settings that are more exact. To access these properties, right-click the table, choose Table Properties, and click the Table tab (if necessary). First, make sure the Text Wrapping property is set to Around. If you want the table flush to the left or right, change the Alignment to Left or Right. The example table is centered.

Click the Positioning button. In the resulting Table Positioning dialog box, you can set the following properties:

  • The horizontal position of the table, relative to a column, margin, or page.
  • The vertical position of the table, relative to a paragraph, margin, or page.
  • The distance of the table from the surrounding (wrapped) text.
  • Whether the table should move with the text.
  • Whether the text can overlap the table.

The best way to learn about these properties is to just experiment. For instance, setting a Right property of 3 removes the text to the right of the tableremember when I said I probably would not want a table to break up text? Well, this is one way to get the text inside the paragraph, without breaking up the text. I just reset one property!

As you experiment, youll probably find, as I have, that dragging a table around produces a pretty good balance. Its good to know though, that you can force things along a bit by setting the positioning properties.Susan HarkinsPublished: November 10, 2010, 4:32 AM PST Modified: November 10, 2010, 4:32 AM PST  See more Software

Top cloud backup servces lead image.

Image: Andy WolberSoftware

Best cloud backup services and solutions 2022

These 11 cloud-to-cloud solutions back up your organizations data so youll be covered in the event of deletions, malware or outages. Compare the best online cloud backup services now.Andy WolberPublished: April 11, 2022, 4:58 AM PDT Modified: May 29, 2022, 9:01 PM PDT Read More  See more Software

Video liên quan