Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. 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: Entering Tabs in a Table.

Entering Tabs in a Table

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 21, 2017)

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When you are entering text in a table, some of the keyboard keys don't function as they do when you are working in the body of your document. One of those keys is the Tab key. If you press Tab, the insertion point moves to the next cell in the table, or if you are at the end of the table, it creates a new row.

There may be times, however, when you want a tab character in the table's text. In order to insert a tab, you can use either of these methods:

  • Press Ctrl+Tab.
  • Hold down the Alt key as you type 0009 on the numeric keypad.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (12932) applies to Microsoft Word 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Word here: Entering Tabs in a Table.

Author Bio

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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What is two minus 0?

2017-08-21 16:20:07

Peter Kirkpatrick

@Keith, it's simpler than that. Just use the left and right arrows.


2016-12-27 00:00:01

Keith

Putting the tab in the cell is easy, but I want to know how to be sable to USE it! How do you advance to the tab in a cell? Tried TAB, Ctrl TAB, Ctrl Shift TAB, Alt TAB, Ctrl Alt TAB. None do it.


2015-01-15 10:25:27

Roslyn

I'm a keyboard person and appreciate the Ctrl+Tab tip, but don't forget to mention the Increase Indent command - Home tab, Paragraph Group


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