Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007 and 2010. If you are using an earlier version (Word 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Word, click here: Selecting a Table.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 28, 2015)
There are some editing tasks that require you to select an entire table in Word. For instance, you may want to change the font used in the table, or you may want to adjust the borders around all the table cells.
You probably already know that you can position the insertion point within the table and then choose Select Table from the Layout tab of the ribbon. This is a two-step process, however, since it requires the positioning of the insertion point within the table before the table can be selected.
Another, perhaps easier way to select the table is to hold down the Alt key while you double-click on the table. This is a simple single-step approach that does not require moving the insertion point beforehand.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (10842) applies to Microsoft Word 2007 and 2010. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Selecting a Table.
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