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Word Table Rulers

Thursday, October 1st, 2009 by | Filed Under: MS Word

When you use tables in MS Word do you ever find yourself frustrated as you try to get column widths or row heights to exact measurements?

I know you probably have the ruler displayed (View menu -or- View tab of the Ribbon, Ruler choice) and you’re sliding the cell boundary lines around trying to get it all set, but it sure would be nice if you could verify the widths and heights, wouldn’t it? You know, be sure that you have exactly what you need.

Fortunately for us, the difference between guessing that it’s what we need and knowing that we’ve got it right, is one key.

To be precise, it’s the Alt key that makes the difference between guessing and knowing.

Dragging cell boundaries without the Alt key has the ruler looking like this:


It’s the usual with gray blocks at each cell border. (If you check the vertical ruler, you’ll find the same setup).

Now, hold down the Alt key when you drag the cell boundary.


See the difference?

The exact width or height (on the vertical ruler) of the cell is displayed, allowing you to slide to the exact measurement needed.

The power to take the guesswork out of Word table measurements is all in the Alt key. Who knew it could be so simple?!


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