Insert or Delete Rows and Columns in Word  Step by Step Guide ▷ 2020

The compatibility between programs of the same family it is greater than with the rest of the softwares. By this we mean the applications developed by the same company that are intended to be distributed as packages. These are the cases of Adobe, Autodesk or Microsoft, among others.

In this way tables are mainly associated with Excel. But nevertheless, the Word text editor contains a tool of the same name.

But this carries a problem. They are not handled in the same way Y they do not fulfill the same functions. For this reason it is common to make some mistakes such as exceeding the number of rows or columns. If you want to learn how to solve this, we recommend this post.

What are the rows and columns of a table in Word?

What are the rows and columns of a table in Word?

The tool table Word They are an effective method that allows us to organize the information in our documents in a simple way. It can be graphical, numerical or textual. Sorted in cells or pigeonholes on the sides or “stacked” vertically. When we talk about a set of cells in the same row, that is, on the axis horizontal from our table, we call it row; while those that go in the direction vertical would columns.

How many rows can the same table contain in a Word document?

With this tool we can make in a couple of steps boards that perfectly fit our needs inside the text file. The tool supports up to 100 rows per table and a maximum of 63 columns, which will be more than enough for most of our needs. If we want to continue adding rows, we will have to create another table under the previous one.

Steps to add or remove rows and columns from a Word table

It may happen that we need to add information to our table. Or, on the contrary, that we have several boxes left over. Word offers you options to add or remove rows and columns very easily.

Then, We will see how we can adjust the size of our table by adding new rows and columns or eliminating them:


We have several ways to do it. They both come to the same end. Use the one that best suits your way of working.

TO via the menu bar:

add Via menu bar

When we have a table in the document, we can see how two new ones appear at the top of the program window specific tabs to configure the parameters of our tables.

  • Click on the one you want to modify. Two new tabs will appear on the toolbar
  • Go to the toolbar.
  • Click on the tab presentation or available table (depending on the version of the software you are working on).
  • There you will find the section insert that offers you the options up and down, for insert rows; this will create a new row below or above the box where your cursor is.

Left Right correspond to the columns, in the same way when selecting one of these options, we will add a new column to either side of our cursor corresponding to the choice we make. If we press “left” the new column will appear on this side, and if we choose “right” the same thing will happen in the opposite way.

*Note: table tabs will only appear when the cursor is in a table.

Through the context menu:

add Via context menu

  • We make right click of our mouse on the table.
  • A small will emerge floating bar and a list of options.
  • We press on “Insert”, it will give us the same options as in the previous method, just subtract select the option you prefer.


In the same way we can remove rows leftovers already being through the toolbar or through the contextual menu.

First method

  • In the same tab of the taskbar that we used previously, we look for the “Delete” button, the options will be “column” or “row”.
  • If we click on one of them, the one corresponding to the selected box will be deleted.

Second method

delete via context menu

  • If we right-click on a box in the table, the context menu will show us the option “Remove”.
  • We press it and it will give us the option to remove a row or column.

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