It is very easy to insert a table in Word , but if you need something less conventional, then we recommend drawing a custom table . We can make it as we wish!
This guide is very simple, but above all, useful. As much as the time we taught you to add a section break or convert a PDF document to Word. We have talked repeatedly about Office and learned a lot together. Today we have to see how to draw a custom table, which can be extremely useful in many situations..
Draw a custom table in Microsoft Word
The drawing function is available in Microsoft Word for Windows as well as for Mac. The way it works is the same and allows us to create a table that adapts to our needs.
To draw the table, we will have to go to the "Insert" tab, then we will have to click on the drop-down arrow that is under "Table". In this new menu, we will choose "Draw table"..
Now we will see that the cursor changes to a pencil icon. What we will have to do is drag to draw the outline of the table. We can make it the size we need and use a square or rectangle, depending on our needs.
Next, we will have to draw the individual columns, rows or cells. The huge difference with the common tables that we insert, is that here we have the freedom to create columns or rows that do not necessarily line up..
Something we have to keep in mind is that we must connect the lines. For example, we cannot do half a line, if there is nothing to connect it to. When we are drawing our lines, we will see them as dimmed dotted lines.
Another option is to create nested tables with the drawing tool. After creating the base for the table, we will simply have to draw another square or rectangle inside it.
If we want to delete the line, we will simply click on "Draft" in the "Design" tab.
After clicking, we will see that the cursor changes from a pencil to an eraser. Now, we click on the line that we want to delete and that's it. When we finish using the "Eraser" we simply click on the icon again or press "Escape" on the keyboard.
Once we have finished drawing the table, we will have to deactivate the Draw Table function and we will see the normal cursor again.
Customize the table
We can also use the customization options in the Table Design tab for a drawn table, it is the same as we would do for an inserted one. We select the table and go to the tab to adjust things like shading, border styles, etc.
We can also adjust the properties of the table, such as alignment, indentation, alt text, etc. We right click on the table and choose "Table Properties" from the menu or we can click on "Properties" from the floating toolbar.