Tables are one of the most useful features of Microsoft Word for making layout changes. Thanks to Microsoft Office, even the most basic tables can be generated and formatted with relative ease. You can create a table with any number of rows, columns, and any customization you choose. However, problems with resizing a table are possible. If you’ve ever wondered, “Why can’t I resize my table in Word?” then this piece is for you.
Problems with resizing table in Word
With any version of Word, you can change the size and look of your table to your liking. Your inability to resize the table is not due to any particular factor. There could be several reasons for this, including a frozen screen, a corrupted file, or a frozen system. If none of these apply, you may simply not be familiar with the options available to you for adjusting the size of your table.
Using the context menu, go to Table Properties and, if it wasn’t selected previously, go to the Table tab. If you want the window to keep its current size regardless of its content, select the Options button, deselect the item labeled “Automatically resize to fit content”, and then press OK to close the window.
Table sizing process in Word
Each of the columns and rows in a table will be the same size by default when you initially create it. As more content is inserted into the table, you may notice that some rows or columns need to be expanded. The column and row lengths can be changed manually or automatically.
If you want to manually adjust the size of a table, select a row or column and drag it to the required size. You can do this by grabbing the edge of the cell and dragging it to the desired size.
Changing the height of a row can be done in many ways: smoothly, automatically or manually. Here are the steps to take to make one of these:
- Select an area of the table to work with.
- Just select the “Cell Size” category in the Layout By submenu “table tools” and then decide between the following options:
- If any of your cells are empty, you can force columns to fit surrounding writing or page boundaries by selecting Autofit and then “Auto fit content”.
- Choose “Auto Fit Window” from the Auto Fit drop-down list to make the table proportional to the content.
- Use the up and down arrows to the right of the “Height” box to choose the desired row height. By choosing multiple cells, you can edit multiple rows at once.
- By selecting Distribute Rows, you can make sure that each row is the same height.
Alternatively, you can use the table properties.
- Choose the row of the table whose height you want to adjust.
- Select Table, then Cell Height and Cell Width to change the size of individual table cells.
- Choose how you want the row height to be calculated in the box labeled “Row height.”
- Set a value in the At dialog box if you choose At least row height and Exact row height otherwise.
- Finally, select the OK button.
You can create different sized table columns of the same width or height. The Table Tools portion of the ribbon should now have a new tab titled Layout. Select the Columns to distribute option.
With autofit, columns can be automatically adjusted for optimal readability. You can do this in the Layout section of your table. Click the “Auto fit” and choose a setting. The AutoFit menu provides three options.
When activated, AutoFit Contents will immediately adjust the size of columns and rows to facilitate information in fields. The columns of the table will resize to accommodate the additional material as you add it.
Selecting Automatically Fit Window will expand or contract the table to fit the current window size. If you selected Auto Fit, selecting Fixed Column Width will prevent the rows and columns from fitting the additional information.
The table properties will allow you to adjust the column width. Right-click the table and select “Table Properties” from the list. Select the Columns section and specify the necessary parameters. Choose Exactly or At least next to the specified box. Selection “Exactly” will lock the size while “at least” columns expand or contract according to their contents.
How to EXACTLY change table size in Word (row height, column width) Quickly
Depending on your needs, Microsoft Word can be used for a wide variety of content editing tasks. Each table you create can have its own unique combination of columns, rows, sub-columns, rows, etc. You may find yourself asking, “Why can’t I resize my table in Word?” Your difficulty should be easier to solve after studying this.