Freeze a Table in MS Word


WordMS Word has great table features and tools. You can create and modify tables and place data in them.

You can even have Word automatically adjust the dimensions of the cells in your table.

There are times, however, when you may want to freeze the size of cells in your table to a certain size that will not change. What? Not change? Even if you put lots and lots of text in your cell? That’s right! It can be done!

Follow the steps below to learn how:

  1. Adjust the column width in your table so that you have them exactly the way you want.
  2. Right-click your table and select Table Properties from the Context menu that is displayed and the Table Properties dialog box appears.
  3. Be certain the Row tab is selected.
  4. Select the Specify Height check box and enter a height for the rows.
  5. Use the Row Height Is drop-down to choose Exactly.
  6. Click on the Table tab.
  7. Click on the Options button to display the dialog box.
  8. Be certain the Automatically Resize to Fit contents check box is deselected.
  9. Click OK to close the Table Options dialog box.
  10. Click OK to close the Table Properties dialog box.

If you do not deselect the automatically Resize to Fit Contents box, Word will adjust the column width to display the most data possible in your table.

Version 2007 – 2010


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