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Indenting a Table

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated June 17, 2023)
This tip applies to Word 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Word in Microsoft 365, and 2021


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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:

  1. Position the insertion pointer somewhere within the table you want to indent.
  2. Make sure the Layout tab of the ribbon is displayed. (This tab is available only if the insertion point is inside a table, as you should have done in step 1.)
  3. Click the Properties tool within the Table group. Word displays the Table Properties dialog box.
  4. Make sure the Table tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  5. Figure 1. The Table tab of the Table Properties dialog box.

  6. Using the Indent From Left control, specify how much of an indent to use for the table.
  7. Click on OK.

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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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2023-06-17 07:43:43

Erik Eilertsen

There is another way to indent a table but I cannot see how to insert a screen grab here.

Just select (highlight) the entire table then go to the PARAGRAPH panel on the home tab and, in line with and immediately below, the word VIEW is and icon for moving text left or right (effectively indenting or stepping back and indented section). simply choose the Right arrow and each time you press it the table will indent. This of course means you need to watch what happens on the right and perhaps adjust the size of the cells/columns. I can better illustrate this in an email if necessary.


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