How To Delete Table Cells In Word

I have covered how to delete rows and columns in a previous post, so now I am moving on to deleting cells in your table. If you delete borders around individual cells, you will combine adjacent cells into a single cell.

You can delete data in cells simply by selecting your data and pressing your Delete key. If you want to delete your data and the cell also, you have options.

Delete a cell and shift adjacent rows or columns, which will cause you most likely to have a strangely shaped table, or Delete the data and cell borders, which will keep the symmetry but may merge your cells. So these are clearly not optimal selections.

To Delete a Cell and Change the Layout of your Table:

  1. Select the cell or cells you would like to delete
  2. Click the Layout tab under Table Tools
  3. In the Rows & Column group, click Delete. A drop-down menu will appear
  4. Select Delete Cells
  5. Select Shift Cells Left or Shift Cells Up
  6. Click OK

To Delete Cell Borders:

  1. Place your cursor in your table where you would like to make modifications
  2. Under the Table Tools tab, click Layout
  3. In the Draw group, click the Eraser. Note that your cursor has turned into an eraser
  4. Now, select one of the choices below:
    1. To delete the entire cell border, click the cell border
    2. To delete one or more sides of a border, move your mouse near a cell border you would like to delete and hold down your left mouse button and drag to highlight one or more cell borders and then release your mouse button. Word will delete the selected cell borders and any data stored in adjacent cells
  5. Press ESC, or double-click your mouse, to disable the Eraser and go back to your I-Beam cursor

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