Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. 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: Moving a Table Row.

Moving a Table Row

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated May 6, 2023)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


Moving a row in a table is almost as easy as moving regular text. It is done by using the Clipboard. To move a row, follow these steps:

  1. Select the row you want to move.
  2. Press Ctrl+X or click on the Cut tool on the Home tab of the ribbon. This removes the row from the table and copies it to the Clipboard.
  3. Move the insertion point to the beginning of the row before which you want to place the row you just cut.
  4. Press Ctrl+V or click on the Paste tool on the Home tab of the ribbon.

Another easy tip is to put the insertion point anywhere in the row that you want to move. Holding Shift+Alt, use the arrow keys to move the whole row up and down. This works very well if the table is small or if you only need to move the row up or down a few places.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (11221) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Moving a Table Row.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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