Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Indenting a Table.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 14, 2020)
After you have inserted a table in your document, you cannot use the regular formatting tools to indent the table. This is because in most instances, tables do not behave the same way as paragraphs.
There are a couple of ways you can indent tables. One is to drag a table to an indented position in your document. All you need to do is use to the mouse to move the indent marker for the table. This is the marker right above the leftmost edge of your table. When you move this marker, Word moves the entire table in the direction you move the marker.
Another, more precise method of indenting your table is accomplished by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Table tab of the Table Properties dialog box.
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